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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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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City improves hygiene after ZimRights intervention

Masvingo – The City of Masvingo has improved its hygiene and protection of the right to health by finally opening the doors to its public toilets to the relief of residents after intervention by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights).

For years, the closure of the city’s public toilets had turned into a spot of bother for thousands of residents of the city, who bemoaned the resultant low levels of hygiene and feared disease outbreaks.

The issue of the public toilets was raised by ZimRights members, who attended the service delivery engagement meeting held in the city prompting the Mayor, Councillor Hubert Pfidze, to make an undertaking to urgently reopen the toilets.

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The arrests of Jemwa: When journalism is criminalised

 

Harare- Freedom of expression, freedom of the media and right to access information are fundamental principles for the development of sustainable knowledge societies, and serve as a cornerstone for democracy and good governance. At the heart of protecting these human rights, which are critical to the realization of other rights is the importance of a free environment for journalists. Freelance photojournalist, Jemwa, seems to be sacrificing his life for his profession even though he is facing trials in his work.It has been recorded that Jemwa has been arrested several times whilst gathering news on different occasions.

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Call for Nominations - CHRDA 2016

About the Awards

The Community Human Rights Defenders Awards (CHRDA), presented annually (for the fifth time in 2016) by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), seek to extend recognition and acknowledge the good works being undertaken by ordinary Zimbabwean citizens to extraordinarily advance, promote, respect and protect human rights in the country. In this process, Human Rights are defined asthose conditions, expectations, and standards to which every person by virtue of his or her existence as a human being is entitled. When the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, it declared that all human beings are “free and equal in dignity and rights.” Some human rights, such as freedom of religion, are fundamental freedoms. Other human rights protect people from unfair treatment because of certain physical attributes e.g. disability. These are sometimes called ‘anti-discrimination’ rights.

For purposes of selecting the candidates for the Community Human Rights Defenders Awards therefore, a ‘Human Rights Defender’ is defined as one who risks or suffers harassment or disadvantage for exercising the rights expressed in the international Bill of Rights, and who, in conformity with these instruments, promotes and protects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of others, individually or in groups. Special account is taken of those who would have demonstrated an active record of advancing, promoting and protecting human rights by courageous and innovative means. The Awards aim to encourage individuals and organisations that are currently working for the rights of others in the context of social, cultural, economic and political spheres. 

 

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