Human Rights Brief 03/2021: Litter Dumping in Bulawayo – Youths Perspectives

Executive Summary

Illegal litter dumping is one of the major service delivery and human rights challenges facing the Bulawayo City Council currently. The scourge which is caused by residents, private companies, government entities, and the failure by the Council to execute its environmental mandate effectively, has the catastrophic impact of fueling the spread of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea. It also violates residents’ fundamental Constitutional rights such as the right to a clean environment, the right to life, the right to health, the right to human dignity as well as children and youths’ right to leisure.
Bulawayo Council officials have accepted that there is a litter management problem in the City.

Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights held a discussion with 22 youths who are part of the organization’s Environment Village environmental rights activism mentorship and learning initiative on this matter. The youths proffered a number of solutions that can help alleviate the challenge. This Rights Brief 03/2021 thus amplifies youth agency and voice in environmental rights and management issues in Bulawayo.

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Source: Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights