Cabinet approves Principles of the Human Rights Amendment Bill

Cabinet has approved the Principles of the Human Rights Amendment Bill which seeks to ensure the Act is in compliance with international best practices.

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Cabinet has approved the Principles of the Human Rights Amendment Bill which seeks to ensure the Act is in compliance with international best practices.

Addressing journalists during a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Bill also seeks to align the Act to the constitution.

“Cabinet approved the Principles of the Human Rights Amendment Bill as presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

“Over and above the need to align the above Human Rights Act (Chapter 10:30) to the Constitution, the proposed amendments also seek to achieve the following: 

“To ensure that the Act is in compliance with international best practices as contained in the Paris Principles,” she said.

She said the Bill also aims to allow for cooperation with other Constitutional Commissions such as the Zimbabwe Gender Commission and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission

“To allow for cooperation with other Constitutional Commissions such as the Zimbabwe Gender Commission and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission

“To give effect to certain amendments proposed by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission,” she said.

She added that the Bill also seeks to provide for the gender of the Deputy Chairperson to be different from that of the Chairperson.

“To provide for the gender of the Deputy Chairperson to be different from that of the Chairperson and to ensure that Reports of the ZHRC are based on solid research and evidence,” she said