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Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill, 2011
Parliament of Zimbabwe
June 10, 2011

View the Human Rights Commission Bill as amended, July 2012

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The purpose of this Bill is to make provision for the powers and operation of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”). In more detail the Parts of the Bill provide as follows -

Part I

Clause 1 sets out the Bill’s short title and date of commencement. Clause 2 contains definitions of terms used throughout the Bill.

Part II

This part provides for the constitution of the Commission. Clause 3 provides for the corporate status, powers and procedures of the Commission. The appointment of the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission is provided for in clause 4. The Commission shall employ an Executive Secretary and staff as provided for in clause 5. The Executive Secretary shall be subject to the general control of the Commission and he or she shall be responsible for carrying out the policy decisions of the Commission and the day-to-day administration and management of the affairs of the Commission among other responsibilities. The Commission in clause 8 is required to submit annual reports to Parliament through the Minister responsible for its administration.

Part III

This Part deals with investigations that can be made by the Commission. Clause 9 permits the Commission to initiate investigations into matters relating to human rights. Clause 10 sets the jurisdiction of the Commission to conduct investigations while clause 12 lays out the manner in which complaints to the Commission may be made. Clause 14 provides for the procedure that the Commission must follow after having conducted an investigation regarding human rights violations.

Part IV

Clause 17 provides for the funds of the Commission which shall include moneys appropriated by Act of Parliament and donations and grants from other sources, subject to the approval of the Minister and the Minister responsible for Finance. The Commission’s accounts shall be audited and an internal auditor shall be appointed in terms of Clause 18.

Part V

The immunity status of the Commission, the Commissioners and staff where they act in good faith and in pursuance of the Act is provided for by clause 21. Clause 23 empowers the Commission, with the approval of the Minister to make regulations for all matters which will be required or permitted to be prescribed that it considers necessary for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.



AN ACT to provide for the procedure of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission; to provide for the appointment of the Deputy Chairperson, Executive Secretary and staff of the Commission; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

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