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  • Human rights awareness: A day before COPAC goes into Harare and Bulawayo
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    September 17, 2010

    A day before outreach meetings kick off in Harare and Bulawayo, ZimRights continues to go out educating its members on human rights and elaborating on the talking points that are being used as guidelines in the meetings.

    ZimRights officers went to Highfield today to educate people on human rights, in particular what the Bill of Rights is all about and how it can be patched up to make it more people friendly and also to run through the different thematic areas COPAC is using as guidelines in the meetings, so that they participate from an informed position. This meeting was held at the request of ZimRights members in the area.

    Of particular interest to the people was the fact that although human rights are every being's entitlement that enable them to live a peaceful and free life, not all of them are legal rigths; and also that the current Zimbabwe constitution only embraces the first generation rights, which are the civil and political rights. Thus, the facilitator encouraged people to speak out on all the rights they want especially socio-economic and cultural rights that are not in the current constitution. Participants were encouraged to air their socio-economic rights because their satisfaction usually results in the enjoyment of civil and political rights.

    ZimRights calls on all residents of Harare and Bulawayo to go out in their numbers and make sure their needs are heard. The future of Zimbabwe lies in the constitution that is in the making. If the new constitution is a true reflection of the views and values of the people of Zimbabwe then our future and that of other generations to follow are safeguarded, because any law, statute or act that will be made after the new constitution has been drafted and approved will be premised on the basis of the people's values enshrined in the new constitution.

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