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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    September 26, 2012

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    In the public interest, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Wednesday 26 September 2012 published its Summarised Analysis of the COPAC Draft Constitution in Harare.

    The analysis provides an overview of each Chapter of the proposed Constitution together with a commentary of what is progressive (highlighted in normal text) and issues which remain problematic (highlighted blue text).

    As the country moves towards the 2nd All-Stakeholders' Conference and a possible constitutional referendum, it is necessary for all Zimbabweans to personally educate themselves on the content put forward by those involved in the current constitution-making process in order to make their own decision on whether the COPAC Draft is better than the current constitution, whether it requires further improvement, and whether it is likely to positively impact on the country moving forward.

    ZLHR notes that a constitution cannot make a positive impact on society in and of itself. It requires a population that is willing to protect its provisions, as well as a government and state institutions and actors who are committed to the principle of constitutionalism and who are willing to make themselves subservient to the provisions of the constitution as an expression of the will of the people. As such, even a perfect Constitution will be meaningless if there is no political will to comply with its ethos, provisions and safeguards.

    ZLHR encourages all Zimbabweans to take time to read and understand the full COPAC Draft Constitution, this summary and other opinions relating to it, in order to decide whether to further amend it, and ultimately support or reject it.

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