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NGOs implore govt to fund rights commission
October 29, 2013
government must bankroll the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC),
civil society groups have said.
This came out at a three-day
workshop held in Mutare last week between the ZHRC and civil society
groups including ZimRights
and Zimbabwe Human
Rights NGO Forum attended the indaba.
Okay Machisa, the director
of Zimrights, said the meeting was important as it enabled human
rights organisations to connect with rights commissioners in charge
of different thematic committees.
“We had an excellent
meeting thanks to the ZHRC for opening up. Now with the commission
showing serious intent, all those who seek to abuse human rights
risk being arrested,” Machisa said.
He said the new constitution
enshrines inalienable individual rights and it was important to
capacitate the rights commission to enjoy those rights.
has the power, we should not forget that it was established only
last year and already it was too late for it to do anything, to
make matters worse, the commission does not have money to implement
its programmes,” Machisa said.
“The ZHRC needs
money; government should ensure that resources are availed for the
organisation. If the commission is well funded, this will ensure
The rights commission
has a duty to promote the protection, development and attainment
of human rights and freedoms.
It is also supposed to
monitor, assess and ensure observance of human rights and freedoms.
Machisa said the commission
should be capacitated to ensure that it protects the public against
abuse of power and maladministration by State and public institutions.
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