Community Justice Programme
Bridging the Divide Between Communities and National Justice Systems
About the Programme
Over the past 27 years, ZimRights has worked with communities in advancement of human rights. With a membership of over 200 000 people across the country, ZimRights interfaces with community experiences of injustice. The Community Justice Programme (CJP) is our way of responding to the needs of communities and assist victims find remedy.
Three Pillars of CJP
CJP is structured around three pillars:
- Prevention – assisting communities put in place measures to prevent the violation of human rights
- Response – strengthening community response mechanisms to incidences of human rights violations.
- Remedy – supporting communities who have fallen victim to human rights violations to access remedy.
Key Programme Activities
Human Rights Monitoring
This intervention is aimed at capacitating communities to monitor, document and report human rights violations. In carrying out human rights monitoring, ZimRights members flag out human rights issues at local level that may require national interventions. These are then taken up at national level through the National Human Rights Institutions. See the latest report “Their Voices Matter” on community responses to COVID 19.
Training on Conflict Transformation
As part of prevention, ZimRights provides training on conflict transformation to communities to enable them to activate local capacities to detect conflict, prevent it or resolve it without it deteriorating into violence.
Community Legal Support
Communities in danger of suffering human rights violations will benefit from continued legal support for members and communities in need. ZimRights just offers legal support to communities that need to resort to legal remedies to resolve local human rights issues. This include general legal advice on human rights issues, legal education on issues affecting the communities and in other cases, litigation against perpetrators or duty bearers to enforce justice.
Support for Victims of Cyclone Idai
Following the devastating cyclone idai in 2019, ZimRights mobilised support to help communities cope with the disaster. Following the announcement by the African Development Bank that USD24 million will be released to assist infrastructure projects in affected areas, ZimRights members in Masvingo and Manicaland have since come together to establish local monitoring mechanism to ensure that the aid benefits the people affected. ZimRights Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces have since issued statements to that effect. See past statements here.
Mobile Human Rights Clinics
ZimRights, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has been convening mobile human rights clinics with communities providing free legal service and human rights information. See past reports here
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