Zimbabwe commits to protection of human rights

The Zimbabwean government says it is committed to the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

In a statement presented on 24 October 2011 to the 50th Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s underway in Banjul , The Gambia, Zimbabwe government representative Mabel Musika said:

“We remain committed to co-operating with the distinguished Commission and other stakeholders. We are open to dialogue, constructive criticism and co-operation.”

Musika, who is the Director of Policy and Research in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, was appraising the African Commission on steps taken regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe during the past six months.

She cited the call by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for commercial radio licence applications, the tabling of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill before parliament, the continued existence of the inclusive government and government’s presentation of its United Nations Universal Periodic Review national report, as some of the positives worth noting.

She, however, said ‘illegal sanctions’ imposed on Zimbabwe were hampering efforts to improve the lives of its people. “It is clearly evident that our initiative to improve the lives of our people, would have paid greater dividends had the sanctions not been imposed,” said Musika.

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