The state of the Right to Peace in Zimbabwe as the Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 – September 2018 Monthly Monitoring Report

Introduction

ZPP recorded a total of 124 cases containing 226 human rights violations showing a downward trajectory from the 266 violations recorded in August. In comparison to the previous month, there has been a spike in the cases of discrimination with the highest being reported from Midlands, followed by Masvingo, Manicaland and Mashonaland East. 121 violations are linked to harassment with the majority of the cases of intimidation concentrated in the provinces of Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands and Mashonaland East. Individuals linked to the ruling Zanu PF party were responsible for perpetrating most of the violations. Zimbabwe Peace Project commemorated International Day of Peace on 21 September under the theme ‘ The Right to Peace-The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’ in Chiredzi in an event attended by Chief Chilonga, 22 Headmen as well as several ward councillors. The event was also supported by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission through the attendance of Commissioner Dr Golden Chekenyere who praised ZPP for being a fore runner in issues of peace and working well with the commission to build peace. The highlight of the day was the handing over of the goat project spearheaded by ZPP trained Peace Ambassadors to the community. By empowering communities ZPP aimed to build sustainable peace in the Chilonga community.

Source: Zimbabwe Peace Project

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