Zimbabwe presents report on promotion of human rights

By ZBC Reporter

Cabinet has adopted a report presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi under the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review, regarding Zimbabwe’s efforts in promoting the enjoyment of human rights.

According to Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) involves the evaluation of the human rights situations of all United Nations member States once every four years. Zimbabwe has so far undergone two cycles of the Universal Periodic Review, in 2012 and 2016, respectively.

The report outlines the measures that have been undertaken by Zimbabwe during the review period (2016 to October 2021) to promote, respect and fulfill human rights obligations.  

“The Report highlights the developments in the advancement of human rights that have taken place in Zimbabwe during the review period as well as progress made in facilitating the full enjoyment of the rights. It reflects the domestic laws that have been re-aligned to the Constitution and promulgated,” Senator Mutsvangwa said. 

“Zimbabwe has made positive efforts to create an enabling policy environment for the improvement of public health through, among others, the promulgation of the National Health Strategy and robust HIV and COVID-19 response strategies. The budgetary allocation to the health sector has been increasing over the years, with the ZW$54 billion allocated in the 2021 Budget representing 13% of the national budget. The mortality rate of those in the 15 to 49 year age group also continues to decline, having been recorded at 6.28 deaths per 1 000 females and 6.09 deaths per 1 000 males in 2019. This is a notable drop when compared to the 2014 mortality rate of 9.84 deaths per 1 000 females and 9.79 males per 1 000 males. The advent of the COVID-19 Outbreak enhanced investment in the health sector,” she said. 

In terms of access to food, Senator Mutsvangwa said, Government has since 2010 been implementing the Food Deficit Mitigation Programme, a social protection programme which provides food and cash assistance to food insecure households and other vulnerable groups.

“To ensure food security, Government has, among others, implemented the following programmes to increase production in agricultural sector: Command Agriculture, Mechanisation of Agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture or Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme, Small Grain Production Programme, Livestock Development Programme, and the Irrigation Development and Rehabilitation Programme. The Food and Nutrition Security situation is constantly monitored through the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC).”  

Other sections of the Zimbabwe’s 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review Report review progress made in the implementation of Administration of Justice; Birth Registration; Conditions of Prisons and Police Holding Cells; Trafficking in Persons; Women’s Rights; Children’s Rights; Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Media; Financial, Technical and Other Cooperation Assistance; and Cooperation with Civil Society Organisations and Other Stakeholders.

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