Zimbabwe’s progress on Human Rights interventions under the spotlight

By John Ndandara

Zimbabwe’s interventions and progress in addressing human rights issues will come under the spotlight this Wednesday at the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sub-ticker: Zimbabwe is among the countries whose status on the issue of human rights will be reviewed for the 3rd time since 2008.

In an interview with ZBC News Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said the review will assess actions taken by the Second Republic with regards to human rights in the country.

“It is going to assist us review the actions that we have taken to improve our human rights situation, it will also give us an opportunity to tell the world of our success stories which we have mostly achieved under the second republic and these are mostly the upholding the rights of our people, the freeing of the democratic space and a lot more developmental stories that have been championed by President Cde E.D Mnangagwa. You may be aware that the realisation of human rights in our country is inhibited by numerous challenges like Climate change, sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic have been highlighted and the impact these have on our people,” she said.

The country’s panel will be led by the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi, together with three country representatives acting as rapporteurs for the review from Namibia, Armenia and Luxembourg.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.

It is a State-driven process under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides an opportunity for each State to declare the actions they have taken to improve and fulfill their human rights obligations.