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New Constitution-making process - Index of articles
of the COPAC Final Draft Constitution
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
February 12, 2013
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Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) releases its attached final simplified
analysis of the Draft
Constitution approved for referendum by the Parliament of Zimbabwe
on Wednesday 6 February 2013.
analysis, which was circulated in September 2012, this final
analysis provides information on the key provisions of each Chapter
of the Draft Constitution in simplified form. Comments are made
in relation to each Chapter - the black text indicates positive
sections, while the blue text indicates areas which ZLHR believes
remain problematic. In addition, the red text indicates changes
which have been made to the Draft Constitution since the previous
2012 draft, either by COPAC or the principals to the Global
Political Agreement. The text highlighted in yellow indicates
whether the changes made are additions, removals or amendments to
the previous draft.
It is clear from our
analysis of the Draft Constitution that there are cogent arguments
in favour of, and against, adoption of this document. This is a
personal choice that needs to be made by an informed public which
has had access to the Draft Constitution in a language of their
choice, and a public which has been free to attend meetings and
have access to a diverse range of information, views, and accurate
analysis on the positive and negative aspects of the Draft.
ZLHR therefore provides
its analysis in the public interest and calls for an open, vibrant
and comprehensive sensitisation process, free from violence, and
in which all views are respected and tolerated. This is in line
with our unwavering belief in freedom of association, freedom of
expression and access to diverse information that allows Zimbabweans
to make informed choices on whether to accept or reject the Draft
Constitution without fear of negative repercussions.
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