ZLHR engages communities

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has taken its community awareness programme to Umguza, in Matabeleland North province.

A recent situational human rights training workshop convened by ZLHR attracted 83 villagers eager to know more about their rights.

Mthombothemba Primary School in Umguza’s Ward 1 was the venue of the one-day human rights workshop, conducted as part of ZLHR’s campaign to empower marginalised communities in the country through imparting human rights knowledge.

Through the workshop, ZLHR created a platform for the community to engage in human rights dialogue and interrogate State and non State actors’ actions where violations would have been committed.

The workshop exposed the legal instruments available for recourse to human rights defenders, where their constitutionally guaranteed human rights have been violated and the community strategies which they can exploit to curtail impunity.

The workshop also presented the participants with an opportunity to hear and appreciate ZLHR’s interventions since the organisation was formed 16 years ago, with emphasis on ZLHR’s mandate to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe, the region and the rest of the continent.

Addressing the gathering, Prisca Dube of ZLHR talked about how access to national identity cards such as children’s birth certificates and national identification cards has become a perennial problem in Matabeleland North province.

“Failure to access identity cards limits a person’s access to education, curtails his or her freedoms as a citizen and limited participation in national processes,” Dube said.

Speaking after the workshop, Dube said participants “amassed enhanced awareness of human rights and the role of communities in the promotion and protection of human rights. The training also empowered participants with increased appreciation of the legal remedies available to redress violations so as to negate the culture of impunity”.

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