Strengthening of Peace Commissions Critical to Fostering Peace and Tolerance in Zimbabwe

As we celebrate the International Day of Peace, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) implores government and all stakeholders to work together in fostering peace building initiatives.

The International Day of Peace or Peace Day is observed around the World annually on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

This year’s celebrations are running under the theme, “Shaping Peace Together.” The celebrations mark the 72nd Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which Zimbabwe has sought to domesticate through a comprehensive Bill or Declaration of Rights under Chapter 4 of the Constitution.

As the Nation commemorates this special day, ZESN calls for the strengthening of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as they are critical to fostering and enshrining a culture of peace and tolerance as enshrined in our societies.

In addition, ZESN calls upon the government to put in place conflict resolution mechanisms and early warning systems to ensure that peace, tolerance and respect of human rights are upheld in Zimbabwe.

The Network recommends that there is need for government to come up with an action plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and girls and peace which was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council on 31 October 2000 to address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls.

ZESN is committed to the promotion of peaceful, democratic and credible elections in Zimbabwe.

Source: Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)