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In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials - including its president - with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by ... Zimbabwe
"Zimbabwe's government needs to take urgent steps to protect tobacco workers," said Margaret Wurth, co-author of the Human Rights Watch report. Of the 125 people interviewed, one 12-year-old girl described how she fell ill after handling an unnamed pesticide. "We carry the knapsack and start to ... child

The organisation was founded in 2000 by church-based and human rights organisations, The current members of ZPP are Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ). Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC). Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe (CCJPZ). Counseling Services UM (CSU). rights
Global watchdog Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Zimbabwe to take urgent steps to stem child labour and other Rights abuses on the country's tobacco farms. In a report titled "Bitter Harvest", the HRW revealed that children as young as 11 were working on tobacco farms, often in ...
Tobacco is a major moneymaker for Zimbabwe. But workers on the farms are subject to human rights abuses and serious health risks. That is according to a report released by Human Rights Watch that highlights the plight of child labourers. The labour ministry says that it has dealt with the cases that ...
(Harare) - Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe's tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child labor and other Human Rights abuses on tobacco farms in Zimbabwe tarnish the tobacco industry's ...

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has urged the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to initiate a process of wholesale reform of electoral laws to ensure the conformity of the Electoral Act to the Constitution. In a statement, the ZLHR said it was concerned that the reform of ... Human Rights
... Constitution of Zimbabwe, the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (signed by the President in March 2018) and other regional and international human rights instruments to which Zimbabwe is a state party. Human Rights
THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has called for comprehensive reform of the Electoral Act to guarantee a free, fair and credible election, ... by the President in March 2018) and other regional and international human rights instruments to which Zimbabwe is a state party,” the ZLHR said. Human Rights
The tribunal found for the farmers on the basis that they were deprived of their land without the right of access to the courts and the right to a fair hearing, both of which are essential human rights. In this way, the tribunal held that the Zimbabwean government breached the provisions in the SADC Treaty. Human Rights
HARARE - The rather uncharacteristic attack on the country's leadership by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for seeking medical treatment in foreign hospitals is both bold and refreshing. It is a marked departure from the culture of local State bodies who are largely guided by the dictum ... Human Rights
Heal Zimbabwe Trust listed human rights violations as having been dominant Zaka, Bikita, Gutu, Bulilima, Muzarabani, Harare, Murehwa, Zvimba, Hurungwe, Chirumhanzu, Kwekwe, Gokwe North, Nyanga, Mutare, Buhera, Chimanimani and Makoni. “Buhera, for the second time, recorded the highest ... Human Rights
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Zimbabwean government to protect tobacco farmers and their families from abusive practices and child labour. HRW, ahead of the launch of its report on the malpractices, said tobacco growing families were vulnerable to nicotine poisoning and abuse ... Human Rights
The ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) unleashed violent attacks against activists and perceived supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after its unexpected victory in the 2008 national elections. I was part of the Human Rights Watch ... Human Rights
Political party violence, whether within parties or between them, has long been a problem in Zimbabwe. The ruling ZANU-PF party has frequently used violence to achieve political advantage, for instance during the 2008 presidential runoff elections when political violence resulted in the killing of more than ... Human Rights
U.S. President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year, saying the Harare administration remains a threat to Washington's ... Introduced, supposedly to reign in former President Robert Mugabe for gross human rights abuses and electoral fraud, the sanctions have been ... Human Rights
Tributes are pouring in for this “hero of the nation”, according to Zimbabwe Standard. Its editorial said: “Tsvangirai is an undoubted hero whose commitment to democracy and human rights will inspire many generations to come.” Brian Raftopoulos, a Zimbabwean academic and activist, said: “He was ... Human Rights

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi was in Geneva this week at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland. "We continue to consolidate and deepen constitutionalism in Zimbabwe, including the holding of elections every five years. Concrete measures to align Zimbabwe's domestic ... Human Rights
Harare – Zimbabwean villagers who were evicted from Manzou farm in Mazowe in 2015 to pave way for the then first lady Grace Mugabe have ... to pay the damages as indicated by the court," said Kumbirai Mafunda from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights was quoted as saying by Deutsche Welle. Human Rights
When the riot police arrived, Zimbabwean farmworker Mary Mhuriyengwe saw her life fall apart as her job and home disappeared in the ruthless land ... Zimbabwe has effectively halted land invasions‚ a major climb-down from a policy that contributed to human rights abuses‚ lawlessness and economic . Human Rights
... expected to rule on Thursday whether former president Jacob Zuma was complicit in supporting the abolishing of a Zimbabwean human rights tribunal. ... Various Zimbabwean farmers want the South African government's involvement in abolishing the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) ... Human Rights
The Centre for Natural Resources Governance‚ a research and advocacy civil society organisation‚ said government was behind human rights abuses in the area‚ hence perpetrators were going unpunished. "All the killings in the mining sector are sanctioned by the state‚" Farai Maguwu‚ the organisation's ... Human Rights
The petition was submitted to Parliament on Tuesday and will be taken to Mnangagwa as well as the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG), the Bocha Community Development Trust (BCDT) and the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust ... Human Rights
The space for human rights defenders, activists, journalists and opposition political parties was increasingly restricted while people across the world faced a deepening human rights crisis fueled by growing intolerance of dissent and a rise in politics of hate and fear, warned Amnesty International to as it ... Human Rights
“His death will be felt as a serious blow by those who continue to struggle for human rights, rule of law and social justice in Zimbabwe.” Following a career as a trade unionist, Morgan Tsvangirai rose to the centre of Zimbabwean politics in the late 1990s when he founded the Movement for Democratic ... Human Rights
In the period under review (24 March- 01 April 2018), Heal Zimbabwe recorded a total of 31 human rights violations from 17 districts. Three categories of human rights violations were recorded. These include intimidation (with threats of violence or threats of withdrawal of food aid or agricultural ...
Harare — The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has expressed concern over the prolonged industrial action by doctors and urged the government to ensure that an agreement is reached to ease the suffering of the sick. "ZHRC has taken note of and is concerned about the impasse between ...
International human rights group, Amnesty International, is courting the new administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa to work together in improving Zimbabwe's human rights record. Amnesty International, which investigates and exposes rights abuses, is encouraged by President Mnangagwa's ...
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has called for the arrest and prosecution of law enforcement officers who were involved in the shooting of civilians on Thursday night, following the ban on commuter omnibuses (kombis) from entering the central business district (CBD). Police Commissioner ...
Ms Govhati and Mr Victor Mukomeka - represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) in collaboration with Justice for Children Trust (JCT) -- brought the application to nullify the re-write of the November 2017 Ordinary Level English Language Paper 2. The matter brought Zimsec under ...
“More specifically, these sanctions, as well as the sanctions imposed in Executive Orders 13391 and 13469, target certain persons who, among other things, are senior officials of the Government of Zimbabwe, have participated in human rights abuses related to political repression, or have engaged in ...
This January, rallies for advocacy of human rights and religious freedom are being held throughout South Korea following the death of Ji In Gu, who suffocated allegedly at the hands of her parents trying to escape from a coercive conversion programme involving abduction, confinement, and assault.
The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) has raised concerns over sections of the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill which allow investigating authorities to seize computer devices and mobile phones during investigations, even if the equipment is not directly involved in the ...
Although in 2010 the AU 14th took a resolution on the prevention of “unconstitutional changes of government” it has taken no actions against Zimbabwe. Still, the summit provides an opportunity for AU leaders to engage with Mnangagwa and push for an AU investigation into allegations of human rights ...
Now President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to leave his mentor Mugabe's shadow, open the once-prosperous nation to the world after years of sanctions over human rights abuses and secure his legacy in what he vows will be free and fair elections in a few months' time. Bennett until the end remained a ...
Human rights organisations have condemned threats by Zanu PF's national political commissar, retired army boss Engelbert Rugeje, describing them as anti-peace and dampening the prospects of a free election. Rugeje, addressing a party meeting last week in Gutu, said people should remember the ...
"[It] has refrained from criticising Zimbabwe's poor human rights situation," it found. While the ANC called for Swaziland to be referred to the SADC for abuse of human rights and suppression of dissent in July, the government did not use the SADC chair to press for human rights respect in the country, the ...
The US and the UK have had little influence with the government of Zimbabwe during Mugabe's 37 years as leader. While the UN may be more influential, UN officials have rarely made public comments critical of human rights abuses by the Zimbabwean government. Following the November military ...
Chapter 12 institutions include the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, etc. Chapter 13 institutions are the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Prosecuting Authority. As the names demonstrate, ...
A Zimbabwean political activist, Gastaff Kativu, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling colleagues should be hauled before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of human rights violations. Kativu, who staged a one-man protest during the Zanu PF Congress held last month ...
“Zanu PF under our new president Emmerson Mnangagwa wants to see people of Zimbabwe united.” Nduna's sentiments come after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) last year said Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of the politicisation of food aid in drought-stricken areas. The findings ...
HUMAN Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Zimbabwean government to come up with a roadmap to free and fair elections as well as ... “Provide for the timely and sufficient deployment of domestic and Sadc-led international election observers to Zimbabwe to promote credible, free and fair elections ...
The great uneasiness and uncertainty may be because of the perception that the military that has taken over is cut from the same cloth as Mugabe when it comes to respect for human rights. As a Zimbabwean national, I have, for many years, documented the extremely partisan alignment of the security ...
“If I see other kids going to school, I cry,” said 16-year-old “Anesu” as she spoke with Human Rights Watch last year in Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe. “I dropped out when I was in form 2. There was no money for school fees.” Before she dropped out, Anesu, whose name I changed to protect her privacy, ...
The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) is alarmed by increasing reports of military officers violently attacking members of the public that have surfaced on ... Military officers made up 24.4% of perpetrators of recorded cases in the ZPP November monthly monitoring report that records human rights violations ...
Thank you, Chairman Flake, Ranking Member Booker, and other members of this subcommittee for giving me the opportunity to testify on behalf of Human Rights Watch at this hearing on Zimbabwe. I would like to request that my statement in its entirety be submitted for the record. My name is Dewa ...
Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Human Rights Day last weekend at Takashinga Cricket Club under the global theme, #Standup4HumanRights. The theme aims to raise awareness of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal ...
THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) has described 2017 as one of the worst years in terms of human rights abuses in the country, compared to ... ZimRights director, Okay Machisa told Southern Eye that the human rights abuses recorded this year were exacerbated by Zanu PF's factional ...
“Hence, the prevailing culture of migration in the Matobo community and Matabeleland as a whole has resulted in the rise of human trafficking syndicates which have exposed young people to forced labour, sexual exploitation and gross human rights violations.” In 2014, the Parliament of Zimbabwe passed ...
HARARE - Rights group, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum — has dragged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to court to force him to appoint a substantive chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) — in a move which coincides with calls for the Zanu PF leader to ...


 

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