6 December 2017
The Zimbabwe Peace Project joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Human Rights Day. This day comes as Zimbabwe is now under new leadership and many Zimbabweans have great expectations on President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration.
President Mnangagwa inherits an administration that had very little regard for human rights and limited support and respect for oversight institutions.. He inherits an environment of fear characterised by victimisation of citizens and neglect of citizens by government. His position is unique in that he comes in as one who was also a part of the regime that has previously disregarded people’s rights to being a perceived face of change and the country’s representative on key human rights issues.
In March, as Vice President and Minister Justice Mnangagwa told the United Nations Peer Review in Geneva of Zimbabwe’s commitment to the promotion, respect, protection and fulfilment of the fundamental rights and freedoms of its people and expressed the government’s will continue to interact with the Human Rights Council and participate in the UPR process. His elevation to President provides the opportunity for him to honour this pledge.
The new administration must ensure that civil-political rights are respected by strengthening oversight and security arms that enforce the enjoyment of these rights but they must also improve the economy to ensure the progressive fulfilment and enjoyment of socio-economic rights as enshrined by the constitution.
The new dispensation provides a perfect opportunity for the country to improve its human rights record by implementing all outstanding human rights issues and also capacitating the requisite commissions that will facilitate the promotion of human rights, healing and forgiveness. President Mnangagwa’s role as a ‘poster boy’ for human rights on international platforms places added pressure on him to live up to the commitments he made on behalf of the country. We expect that President Mnangagwa will provide the much needed political will to ensure that human rights are protected, upheld and promoted
ZPP is a Non Governmental Organization that was founded in 2000 by a group of faith based and human rights NGOs working and interested in human rights and peace-building initiatives. ZPP has become a vehicle for civic interventions in times of political crises. In particular, ZPP seeks to monitor and document incidents of human rights violations and breaches of peace.
If you are concerned about acts of violence in your community, ZPP encourages you to get in touch with us on Hotline and WhatsApp numbers
+263 774 883 406 and +263 774 883 417
Toll Free: 080 80199