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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    November 27, 2012

    On this occasion of the launch of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR's) Summarised Analysis of the COPAC Draft Constitution in Braille, ZLHR would like to call upon government to take meaningful measures aimed at allowing people with disabilities to fully participate in national processes such as the ongoing constitutional reform exercise through increased access to diverse information. The government should be at the forefront of promoting accessibility for the disabled to engage, learn, share, and make choices just like the rest of the commonality of citizens in Zimbabwe.

    Today, as part of its broader mandate of promoting human rights in Zimbabwe, ZLHR is making available copies of its summarised analysis of the draft COPAC constitution in Braille to institutions that have learning and reading centres for visually impaired people countrywide. We do this to promote equality and access to information for all citizens of Zimbabwe so as to facilitate their engagement with the key national process of constitution making. The analysis provides an overview of each Chapter of the proposed Constitution together with a commentary of what is progressive and what issues remain problematic.

    As the country moves towards a possible constitutional referendum, it is necessary for all Zimbabweans to educate themselves on the content put forward in order to make their own decision on whether the draft COPAC constitution is better than the current constitution, whether it requires further improvement, and whether it benefits the country moving forward.

    The first phase of the initiative will today see copies being given to the following institutions:

    • Harare - University of Zimbabwe (Disability Resource Centre)
    • Mashonaland West - Jairos Jiri School for the Blind (Kadoma)
    • Manicaland - Mutare Teachers College (Disability Resource Centre)
    • Midlands - Midlands State University (Disability Resource Centre)
    • Bulawayo - Council for the Blind
    • Matebeleland South - Zimbabwe National League of the Blind
    • Matebeleland North - Council for the Blind
    • Masvingo - Zimbabwe Association of the Visually Handicapped (ZAVH); Copota Mission
    • Mashonaland Central - St. Philips High School (Guruve)
    • Mashonaland East - Murehwa Mission

    We also urge other civic and community-based organisations to take similar initiatives in order to improve such access to information for all Zimbabweans nationwide. Together, we will make a difference to the lives of our fellow citizens.

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