ZHRC Press Statement on the Political Situation in Zimbabwe



Armed soldiers stand on the road leading to President Robert Mugabe’s office in Harare.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) as one of the five Independent Commissions Supporting Democracy in Zimbabwe notes the political situation unfolding in the country. Independent Commissions Supporting Democracy in Zimbabwe are mandated among other objectives to support andentrench human rights and democracy, to protect the sovereignty and  interests of the people and to promote constitutionalism as provided for in Section233 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013.


The ZHRC is encouraged by assurances by the military concerning the imperative to uphold constitutionalism and values of justice, non-violence, humanrights and freedoms in resolving the current political situation. The Commission also observes the positive assurances of non-interference in thedischarge of duties by arms of Government, including the Judiciary and the Legislature as well as the appeal made to different sectors of society toperform their functions and duties in a responsible manner that promotes peace, stability, unity and development in the country.


As the country awaits with anxiety the resolution of the current situation, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission further implores the military to continue toexercise restraint bearing in mind the duty of the State and every person to respect, protect, promote and fulfil fundamental rights and freedoms asprovided for in Section 44 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, in particular, the sanctity of life. Finally, the ZHRC encourages that there be a quick returnto constitutionalism and democracy so that the people of Zimbabwe can continue to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms.


Note by Veritas:  This statement can also be accessed on the ZHRC website and on the Veritas website[link].

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