JUSTICE Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said yesterday that the government had made significant progress in implementing human rights reforms.
Ziyambi told the Daily News the government would present tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland, the reforms undertaken so far during the meeting of the working group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.
“We are on the right track, and as Zimbabwe we uphold our responsibility under our laws and international law to respect and protect human rights. We have aligned most of our laws to take into account the provisions of Chapter 4 of our constitution on fundamental human rights and we have ensured that our laws respond to the need to uphold and protect these rights,” said Ziyambi.
“We are up to date in terms of reporting procedures to the international human rights organization and this week we will present our Universal Periodic Review report at the UPR session of the Human Rights Council. man here in Geneva.
“I will be able to answer the questions posed and explain what we have done as a government so far. We have made a lot of progress in terms of gender equity with the recent extension of the quota for women and the representation of women to 30%, for example.
He said the government has aligned the laws with the country’s constitution.
“All committee appointments are now given to gender issues. On children’s rights, we have proposed the new education law and we have a juvenile justice bill which will soon be before parliament.
“The President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) established the Presidential Contribution Scheme as a social assistance scheme for our communal farmers to ensure the realization of the right to food. Politically, we have made several reforms to our electoral laws over the years, we have repealed AIPPA and POSA. We open the airwaves to have community radios. So these are, among other things, the questions that we will present at the review meeting on Wednesday. »
However, it comes as rising reports of intra- and inter-party violence across the country are raising concerns, with opposition parties accusing law enforcement officers of allegedly shielding ruling party hooligans. .
Critics, including civil society organizations, said they would tell the world that Zimbabwe is one of the worst countries in the world in terms of human rights abuses.