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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    October 11, 2006

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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) wishes to express its dismay at the comments reported to have been made by the Member of the House of Assembly for Mabvuku, Mr. Timothy Mubhawu, during a recent debate in Parliament on the Domestic Violence Bill.

    Mr. Mubhawu's unfortunate statements are proof of the challenges we face in Zimbabwe today in seeking to promote and protect the rights of women as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe and many international human rights instruments to which Zimbabwe has voluntarily bound itself.

    ZLHR further finds the public response of the Executive of the Tsvangirai-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to be unsatisfactory. Mr. Tsvangirai is reported to have insisted that Mr. Mubhawu was speaking in his personal capacity; however, the comments were made during a public debate in the House of Assembly when Members of the House were making representations, supposedly on behalf of their constituents and in line with party policy.

    We urge the MDC Executive to make it clear to the public that Mr. Mubhawu will be sanctioned for his retrogressive comments, and to ensure that Mr. Mubhawu goes on record in the House of Assembly in full support of the intent and purpose of the long-overdue Domestic Violence Bill, and its provisions and effect.

    ZLHR notes that the views of Mr. Mubhawu are shared by a number of his fellow Parliamentarians and urges all human rights defenders to carefully scrutinise the transcripts of the recent debate, and the debates to come, to identify and challenge all individuals who hold such unacceptable views which seek to maintain the status of women as second class citizens in Zimbabwean society.

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