The Government of Zimbabwe has assured its citizens that it remains committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
“Let me hasten to reiterate that the Government of Zimbabwe remains committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. To this end, I have been personally involved in various constitutional advocacy meetings that have been held in various provinces throughout the country to raise awareness on the constitution among ordinary Zimbabweans as required in terms of section 7 of the Constitution,” said the Vice President who was also the Guest of Honour.
Honourable Mnangagwa further added that apart from embracing the Constitution, it is important for every Zimbabwean citizen to understand what it stands for so that they should know their rights.
“Once our people understand the Constitution, they will be in a better position to enforce their rights. However, it is also up to the public to ensure that they report such violations to the relevant authorities to ensure that appropriate action is taken,” he said.
UPR is a unique process involving a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every four and half years for which Zimbabwe is one of them.
Established in March 2006 by the UN General Assembly, it provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.
“I am pleased to note that Government has made commendable progress in implementing the recommendations it accepted under the first cycle of the UPR. Most notably, a new constitution was adopted in 2013. The Constitution provides a wider and more comprehensive Bill of Rights which is a paradigm shift from the limited Bill of Rights provided in the previous constitution,”added the Honourable Vice President.
Other dignitaries who attended the event include Mr. Mbetsa, the Provincial Administrator for Manicaland Province who represented the Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Honourable Mandi M. Chimene, representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Permanent Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs. V. Mabiza, senior government officials and representatives from Civil Society Organisations.