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Election Resource Center celebrates International Human Rights Day,
December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013
Resource Centre (ERC) joins the rest of the world in celebrating
the International Human Rights Day. This year marks the 65th anniversary
since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This is of significance as it marks the end of the “16 days
of Activism against Gender Based Violence” and the celebration
of the life of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Furthermore,
this year’s commemorations are the first since Zimbabwe held
elections after the expiry of the 2008-coalition
The theme for
Human Rights Day 2013 is "20 Years: Working For Your Rights".
Consistent to this year’s theme, the ERC underpins the role
of the rights holders in claiming, observing and upholding of human
rights as catalytic to inculcating a culture of human rights in
recently undergone the first stage under the Universal Periodic
Review (UPR), where participating member states review the country’s
human rights records to assess performance and make recommendations.
This process provides a useful platform for the Government of Zimbabwe,
Civil Society and the United Nations to make valuable contribution
through information sharing and dissemination.
As we celebrate
the International Human Rights Day, we remain cognisant of human
rights violations sponsored by state dating back to the liberation
struggle, the Gukurahundi era, Operation
Murambatsvina, the 2002 and most recently the 2008
election violence. The state was further fingered in periodic
violence against Human Rights Defenders with the epitome witnessed
in 2007 on the attack
on the Save Zimbabwe Campaign activists.
The ERC notes
the continued challenges faced by Human Rights Defenders in conducting
their work which includes, but not limited to threats of arrest,
arbitrary arrests and detention.
the ERC is concerned with the number of citizens who failed to exercise
their right to vote during the July 2013 harmonized elections due
to massive disenfranchisement at the behest of political players.
As we mark the end of Campaign against violence on women and as
much as the new constitution reserved a further 60 seats for women
in the House of Assembly, the ERC notes with disbelief that only
3 women were chosen as Cabinet Ministers.
On a positive
note the ERC is encouraged by the provisions in the new constitution
which includes a comprehensive Bill of Rights and institutions supporting
democracy inter alia the Zimbabwe Human Rights
National Peace and Reconciliation Commission which lays a strong
foundation for addressing some of the human rights challenges faced
in independent Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s new Constitution lays
the foundation for a reform agenda which mandates the governing
authority emerging out of the July 2013 to expeditiously comply
with the clauses espoused therein.
as we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, who fought for transition
from minority apartheid rule to black majority rule in South Africa,
Zimbabwe as a nation should safeguard the right to vote. To Zimbabwe
Mandela is an epicentre of the struggle against oppression, hence
the fight for human rights is consistent with the fight for a democratic
state which must be cherished by all Zimbabweans.
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