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  • Withdrawal of civic participation in Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Stakeholders' Conference
    Zimbabwean civil society organisations
    October 27, 2009

    Today, 27 October 2009, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs was advised by the undersigned professional law-based organisations and their partner organisations within civil society that they would no longer be participating in a Stakeholders' Conference organised by the Ministry.

    The conference was due to commence tomorrow, 28 October 2009, in Victoria Falls, to discuss challenges relating to access to justice and the justice delivery system in Zimbabwe.

    Stakeholders from the civil society are committed to contributing to the restoration of the Rule of Law and ensuring access to justice for all in Zimbabwe. However, the selective targeting and harassment of non-governmental organisations and the arbitrary arrests and detention of human rights defenders continues unabated. So too does the unwillingness or inability by the state and its agents to adhere to the Constitution and the laws of Zimbabwe.

    These are clear indicators that state institutions and actors involved in justice delivery remain insincere and lack commitment to meaningfully address the ongoing abuse of legal process and the very serious breakdown of the justice delivery system and the Rule of Law. Such perceptions and actions impact on the credibility of our institutions and further erode public confidence in the justice delivery system.

    We remain committed to the objective of achieving a Zimbabwe in which state institutions and actors respect the Rule of Law, rather than rule by unjust law. Once the state has made it clear through meaningful actions that they have the political will to assist in achieving this objective, stakeholders will not hesitate to assist their efforts for the national good.

    Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ)

    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    Zimbabwe Women Lawyers' Association (ZWLA)

    Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (ZHRF)

    Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)

    Justice for Children Trust (JCT)

    National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO)

    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)

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