Zimbabwe launches a yearlong human rights campaign

Harare, 08 December 2015 - Human rights belong to everyone without exception.  In fact, “human rights are at the heart of all that we do we do as United Nations,” said Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, in a round table discussion held to mark Human Rights Day on 8 December at UNIC in Harare.IMG_39199_0.jpg

At the roundtable discussion, the Ministry of Justice officially launched a yearlong campaign under a running global theme “Our Rights. Our Freedoms.  Always.”  The campaign will highlight the 50th anniversary of two enduring international treaties adopted:  The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

At the roundtable discussion, it was noted that Zimbabwe has ratified some key international treaties and the country was called on to ratify other pending important treaty bodies which include:  Convention against Torture; International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Member of their Family; International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. 

Despite unmet goals and persisting challenges of limited financial resources to fully implement Zimbabwe’s human’s rights agenda the Government of Zimbabwe, with support of the United Nations and development partners, has achieved noteworthy gains. 

One of the important developments on universal human rights was the promulgation of a people centred and progressive Constitution, which provides the highest potential to promote rule of law and the respect for human rights and equitable access to justice for all Zimbabweans.

In addition, Zimbabwe is signatory to many key international treaty bodies and has consistently been reporting on progress. These treaty bodies are: Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD); International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The United Nations will continue to work with the relevant Government bodies to facilitate and assist in ratifying remaining key treaty bodies which include: Convention against Torture (CAT); International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Family (CMW); International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED).

The United Nations will continue to support the Government of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to complete the journey towards the achievement of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that ‘whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.’