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Of COPAC Draft Constitution
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
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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