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society is critical in human rights monitoring - Commissioner Ndabeni-Ncube
June 04, 2012
Rights Commissioner Japhet Ndabeni Ncube has urged civil society
to continue exposing human rights abuse in Zimbabwe.
a Transitional Justice Public Lecture Series jointly organised by
Bulawayo Agenda and Zimbabwe
Human Rights NGO Forum, Ndabeni Ncube said civil society is
a critical player in human rights monitoring as they are in touch
with the people.
society is a critical source of human rights abuse information and
it is critical that you remain doing and providing the Commission
with such information", said Ndabeni Ncube.
Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is still a white elephant, three
years since its formation as the enabling act is still to be enacted,
Ndabeni-Ncube said the institution remains a critical part of democracy,
urging the government to take it seriously.
is a vital institution for democracy as its key mandate is to protect
and promote human rights in our country and therefore it should
get to the 'nitty gritties' of human rights abuse in
any human rights situation", said Ndabeni-Ncube, pointing out
that human rights education is critical as the country prepares
for future elections.
the same meeting, Shastry Njeru, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
Transitional Justice Unit Manager said Transitional Justice is the
step towards addressing the historical violence so as to achieve
peace in Zimbabwe.
the need for truth telling on the historical atrocities for there
to be peace and reconciliation pointing out that the culture of
impunity must come to an end.
Njeru, Bulawayo Agenda Director Thabani Nyoni pointed out the importance
of Transitional Justice in addressing historical challenges such
Justice is critical in Zimbabwe as it will address unfortunate events
such as Gukurahundi which are not yet a closed chapter as they have
not been dealt with all along", said Nyoni.
castigated failure by government to address human rights abuse cases
saying most evidence is getting lost as the victims of cases like
Gukurahundi were aging and dying.
There were wide
calls for inclusion of human rights issues in the school curriculum
currently under review so that children get to understand human
rights at a tender age.
rights abuses have continued in Zimbabwe despite the Inclusive
Government which has failed to fully implement the Global
Political Agreement which includes Media and Security Sector
There has also
been an increase in politically motivated violence around the country
ever since ZANU PF called for elections with the latest being the
murder of an
MDC-T activist, Cephas Magura in Mudzi District, rousing fears of
another bloody election like the June, 2008 one.
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