As Zimbabwe’s first post-independence indigenous human rights advocacy group, at ZimRights we take great pride in our membership. This is a unique distinguishing feature which makes us the country’s biggest human rights movement with over 250 000 individual members across the country.
On Friday, (09 October 2020), our National Director Dzikamai Bere, at the invitation of Silveira House and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) spoke to a group of vibrant young people about the ‘Youth Bill of Rights’ as articulated in Section 20 of the Constitution, the Law-Making Process and Active Citizenship.
Deliberations with Mr. Patrick Karanja on the impact of Devolution to inclusive governance and whether it leads to economic transformation. “Devolution is different from Delegation.”
We have just concluded the Second Episode of the Devolution Series focusing on the Peace Potential of Devolution in Practice.
The former Ugandan President Idi Amin Dada Ouemee is famous for the phrase, 'Here in Uganda there is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee you freedom after speech'.
Tawanda Muchehiwa is a male MSU student aged 22 and a nephew to investigative journalist and ZimLive Editor Mduduzi Mathuthu. It was on the 26th of June 2020 when Tawanda was abducted violating his right to personal security as enshrined in section 52 of the constitution.
From 30 March 2020, when COVID 19 hit Zimbabwe, at ZimRights we started a series called – Their Voices Matter, aimed at documenting community responses to COVID 19. 7 reports were produced in this series.
On 16 July 2020, we launched the report, Rights in Crisis: A Human Rights Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe. The report is a product of ZimRights’ three-pillar COVID-19 Response Strategy activated on 30 March 2020.
On 16 July 2020, ZimRights launched a special report ‘Rights in crisis: A Human Rights Analysis of the COVID 19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe’. The report which is the most comprehensive appraisal of the local COVID-19 situation introduces a ‘Pro-future approach’.
Civil society has been the stronghold in effecting paradigm shifts and changes in societal challenges such as inequalities, promotion of human rights including health and access to justice. In executing this role, the focus has always been on documentation of violations with an aim towards evidence-based reporting.
THE past few weeks have seen unprecedented global outrage at the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street.
The day to day social, political and economic problems which in turn affect full enjoyment of human rights communities can only be addressed if journalists amplify the voices of the affected on television, radio, newspapers as well as social media.
It’s not so long ago that the resistance sounded like revolutionary songs and was comprised of dusty, sweaty youth who knew that the cost of freedom is high and must be paid for in blood or death if need be.
There is no doubt current COVID-19 crisis has had a far-reaching impact on the very basis of social life. Imagine not being able to shake hands when greeting a friend or having to stay a metre apart in a pub, or simply not being able to try on a dress before buying it.
How Communities Are Innovating to Stay Safe
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caught the Zimbabwean government unprepared to tackle this global threat.
In the Week 2 edition of Their Voices Matter Report, ZimRights documented that women in Zimbabwe are carrying the burden of national compassion as they find themselves at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 both at the healthcare centres and at home.
With 3.85 million confirmed cases and 270 thousand deaths recorded globally, one can only agree that the most logical and immediate response has been lockdowns but these have threatened to shut out citizen participation thus effectively shrinking the space for democratic participation and civic-engagement.
The novel Corona virus is causing a serious upset on the world. The world, as we know it, will never be the same even after COVID-19 has been defeated. Human life has been and continues to be lost on an apocalyptic scale.
The Dilemmas for Accountable Leadership and Responsible Citizenship
In the fight against COVID 19, the world is engaged in a fight for life. Over one million people globally have been infected by the pandemic and over 60 000 people have already lost their lives.
Some eight weeks ago, I assumed my new role at the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) ZimRights is Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest indigenous grassroots movement. With over 200 000 members across the country, it is indeed a big family. It is an assignment that I embraced with a mixture of excitement and fear. That decision will definitely rank as the most difficult decision I have ever been asked to make.