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Constitutional Amendment 18 of 2007 - Index of articles, opinion and anaylsis
SADC mediated talks between ZANU (PF) and MDC - Index of articles
on mediation process
Rights NGO Forum
September 25, 2007
the special index of articles, analysis and opinion on Constitutional
The Human Rights
Forum welcomes and is fully committed to any process that is founded
on principles of democracy. Such a process cannot be achieved without
the full participation of the Zimbabwean people. The Forum reiterates
its concerns over the SADC mediation process and its outcome, Constitutional
Amendment Number 18.
A people-driven constitutional
process, work towards transitional justice, the holding of free
and fair elections under international supervision, and the implementation
of the recommendations from international human rights bodies are
some of the steps needed to restore Zimbabwe to a state of good
governance. The Forum is however concerned that the SADC initiated
mediation process does not conform to these principles and the minimum
pre requisites of participation, transparency and accountability.
The mediation process is neither transparent nor participatory,
the parties have been sworn to secrecy, and there is no accountability
to the citizens of Zimbabwe. The pillars of democracy can not rest
on the shoulders of four men whatever their credentials maybe.
The Forum acknowledges
that there are steps in Constitutional Amendment Number 18 towards
a "semblance" of democracy. The Forum however cannot
support such an amendment as it does not result in a people driven
constitution. Such a sectorial approach to constitutional reform
does not level the ground to facilitate for democratic processes
in Zimbabwe. Further given the social, economic and political climate
currently prevalent, it is doubtful that democratic elections can
be held in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights
NGO Forum calls on all stakeholders involved in the mediation process
to return to a participatory, transparent and accountable process
that enjoins the hope and aspirations of all Zimbabweans.
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