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.
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.
Zimbabwe Human Rights Association applauds the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for completing a voter education manual as reported by the Herald dated September 13; 2012.
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.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association hosted the inaugural Mashonaland West Provincial People's Conference which saw scores of people convening at Chinhoyi University Hotel to discuss issues of socio economic and cultural rights in Zimbabwe.