‘Zim committed to international human rights obligations’

By Josephine Mugiyo

The Government of Zimbabwe says it remains committed to complying with international human rights obligations.

This came out when a delegation led by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi, appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council for the periodic review in Geneva.

The country’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council saw Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi reiterating Zimbabwe’s commitment to complying with international human rights obligations.

“My government remains committed to compliance with international human rights obligations arising from human rights obligations from the various international and regional treaties to which Zimbabwe is party,” said Ziyambi.

Minister Ziyambi also noted that significant progress has been made towards the alignment of laws to the constitution.

He said 176 laws have already been successfully aligned with the constitution while work continues on the remaining 30 pieces of legislation.

The council was also appraised on Zimbabwe’s strides in improving health delivery, with 13% of the total national budget going towards the health sector.

Minister Ziyambi also touched on the National Disability Policy launched by government last year.

With regards to funding of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, the allocations were increased by 326 and 273 % in the 2022 national budget.

The Universal Periodic Review is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all the 193 United Nations member states.

Zimbabwe last appeared for the universal periodic review in 2016.