Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) Interviews
The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) is mandated, in terms of Sections 237 and 243 of the Constitution, to nominate candidates for possible appointment by His Excellency, the President, to serve on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as provided for in Chapter 13 Part 5 of the Constitution.
The CSRO was advised of four (4) vacancies in the said Commission which were going to occur on the expiry of their term of office, In line with the aforesaid mandate, an advertisement was placed in the national newspapers on the 14th February, 2020 requesting the public to nominate persons for possible appointment with a view to filling the said vacant posts. The nomination process closed on the 13th March, 2020. The interviews could however not be held earlier due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID19 pandemic.
The Right to Peace Campaign: Progress Update Report 2 of 2020
About the Rights to Peace Campaign
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) is currently running the Rights to Peace Campaign. Under its Right to Peace Campaign, ZimRights seeks to capacitate and strengthen Zimbabwean communities through the establishment of new infrastructures for peace and strengthening existing peace cultures. The campaign seeks to harness community capacities and cultures, and draw from the national peace architecture in the promotion of more peaceful communities. Built on ZimRights long legacy of fighting for human rights, the Campaign builds on three fundamental beliefs: National Peace Architecture, Peace as a Human Rights and Community Capacities & Cultures of Peace.
Hands off the Peoples Constitution Campaign
COVID 19 and Democratic Participation
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association has insisted that fight against COVID-19 is a human rights fight. This has become clearer by day as communities continue to suffer at the hands of both the COVID-19 as well as their own governments. In its latest policy brief on COVID 19 and Human Rights, the United Nations has issued 6 key messages. These messages have been packaged and juxtaposed to the Zimbabwean context in a special report published by ZimRights under the title, ‘A Human Rights Approach to Fighting COVID 19 in Zimbabwe’. One of the key messages is; When we recover, we must be better than we were before.
COVID 19 Exposes the Urgent Need for Devolution
Some two weeks ago, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) launched an important resource: Guide to Understanding Devolution with a goal to empower communities in engaging in the devolution conversation. Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Guide was released in digital format through ZimRights media channels as well as through provincial WhatsApp groups. Over 7 000 people have since downloaded the Guide from the ZimRights website and thousands more have received it via ZimRights’ 11 provincial WhatsApp groups.
About the Campaign
Originally established through the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Act Chapter 10:30 which was promulgated on the 12th of October, 2012, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission in 2013 became one of the Chapter 12 independent Constitutional Commission under 2013 Constitution. Formed following intense advocacy by civil society actors including ZimRights, ZHRC has become one of the critical pillars for promotion of human rights in Zimbabwe. In May 2020, five members of the ZHRC will finish their terms. This has triggered the search for their replacements by the Parliament of Zimbabwe.
On 25 February 2020, the Parliament of Zimbabwe released the call for nomination to the ZHRC. The call closed on 13 March 2020.
On 12 March 2020, ZimRights approached the Clerk of Parliament, and delivered a petition signed by 1006 members of the public, requesting for extension of the deadline for nominations to allow members of the public to participate in the process.
ZimRights believes that the ZHRC is an important commission whose integrity must be everyone’s concern. In that regard, ZimRights members across the country are taking action to ensure that their voices are heard.
Inclusivity Key to ZHRC Credibility, Accountability
On the 12th of March 2020, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) petitioned the parliament of Zimbabwe to extend the nomination period of Commissioners for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC).
ZimRights Petitions Parliament to Extent the Nomination Period for Commissioners of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission
Today ZimRights has petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe to extend the time for the public to make nominations for persons to be considered for appointment as Commissioners for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). This follows a call published by the Parliament of Zimbabwe giving members of the public slightly over two weeks to make nominations.
ZimRights approaches the Parliament of Zimbabwe and handed over a petition signed by 1006 members of the public.
We the undersigned citizens of Zimbabwe, have taken note of the call for nominations of persons for possible appointment to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) published by your committee in the local press and on the Parliament website in line with section 237, 243 and 244 of the Constitution.
Parliament Released the Call for Nominations to the ZHRC
The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) of the Parliament of Zimbabwe is mandated in terms of sections 237, 243 and 244 of the Constitution, to nominate candidates for appointment by His Excellency, the President, to serve as Commissioners on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as provided for in Chapter 13 Part 5 of the Constitution.
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.
Can We Hold Members of Parliament to Account for Human Rights Violations?
During the second week of the lock-down, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) documented an incident in Masvingo Province, were an honourable Member of Parliament was alleged to have manipulated COVID 19 Aid. A ZimRights member recorded audio evidence of said MP and this evidence is now in our possession. As community members reflected on this utterly shameless conduct, it then surfaced that the same member in November 2019 has manipulated inputs for the Presidential Inputs Scheme.
Masvingo Survivors of Cyclone Idai Raise Red Flag Over Partisan Aid Distribution
A year after the devastating cyclone idai, survivors in Masvingo still find themselves in the same position they were last year and have accused the government of channeling aid along political grounds.
Safeguard Aid for Survivors of Cyclone Idai from Abuse and Corruption
Following recent publications in The Manica Post of 21 February 2020 and The Herald of 22 February 2020 that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has released US$24 million towards the rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and Chipinge, the Manicaland Chapter of Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) welcomes with great caution this intervention.