ZimRights challenges ZRP ban on Victoria Falls meeting

Bulawayo (Source: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights) – The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) through legal counsel from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Monday 12 September 2016 petitioned the Bulawayo Magistrates Court seeking an order to overturn a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) ban of a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016 in Victoria Falls in Matabeleland North province. ZimRights, through Celia Mafu,

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State of the nation': An evening of political satire, reflection

 Harare – The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) together with the Election Resource Centre (ERC) on Thursday held an arts evening event to reflect on the political, social and economic developments in the country.

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Human Rights Commission confirms partisan food aid distribution

Harare – The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has confirmed human rights violations regarding partisan distribution of food aid and agricultural inputs in certain parts of the country, which ZimRights unearthed in areas like Buhera several months ago.

ZHRC investigated reports of partisan distribution of food aid and agricultural inputs from Bikita East, Buhera North, Mazowe Central, Muzarabani North and South and Zvimba South between May and August 2016.

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ZHRC statement on partisan food aid distrubution

Good morning ladies and gentlemen

Background- You are all aware ladies and gentlemen that government rolled out a plausible ongoing food aid programme to alleviate poverty and hunger on the part of the communities affected by the current drought. The implementation of this programme has however, caused some displeasure within certain communities resulting in a flood of complaints to the Commission which has the Constitutional mandate to protect, promote and enforce human rights.

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High Court ruling on unconstitutionality of SI 101a/2016 welcome

 

Harare- High Court Judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba on September 7, 2016, declared unconstitutional the ban on demonstrations in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.The ban had been imposed to last until September 16, 2016, by Chief Superintendent, Newbert Saunyama, the Officer Commanding Central Harare District in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)  through Statutory Instrument 101a of 2016.

A challenge to the Statutory Instrument’s legal validity was brought to the High Court on Monday, September 5, by prominent lawyer and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President, Tendai Biti.After initially deferring the matter, the High Court’s Justice Chigumba found the Statutory Instrument unconstitutional on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

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