Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe Journal – June 2021

The inaugural publication from the Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe covers a wide spectrum of issues. Topics covered include cyber crime and the law in Zimbabwe, the protection of minority groups in international and domestic laws in light of the Chilonga evictions, the envisaged Patriotic Bill and the uncertainty of labour appeals in the courts.

The International & Domestic Law Protections of Minority Groups against Forced Evictions: Reflecting on the Chilonga Eviction Case in Zimbabwe -“It is not over yet”

“Forced eviction” refers to the removal of individuals, families and/or communities, permanently or temporarily, against their will from the homes or land they occupy, without the provision of, and access to, appropriate forms of legal or other protection such as alternative housing, schools, sanitation,and health facilities. On 26 February 2021, the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, July Moyo, caused the publication of a legal notice(Communal Lands (Setting Aside of Land) (Chiredzi) Notice, Statutory Instrument 50 of 2021) ordering thousands of people on 12,940 hectares of Chilonga Communal Land in Chiredzi to “depart permanently with all of his or her property from the said land by the date of publication of [the] notice, unless he or she acquires rights of use or occupation to the said land in terms of section (9)(1) of the Communal Land Act [Chapter 20:04]”. The land clearing was meant to pave way for the planting of lucerne grass by Dendairy, the second-largest dairy producer in Zimbabwe.

The Advent of Cyber Law in Zimbabwe: A Survey of Cybercrimes

Cybercrime is generally defined as a computer-related crime. It is any illegal conduct directed by means of electronic operations that targets the security of computer systems and any data processed by them. Cybercrimes fall within the cyber law realm which is a relatively new area of law, particularly in Zimbabwe. Cyber law has emerged out of the advancements of technology among other socio-economic developments. The rate at which people are exposed to risk of attacks, direct or indirect, through the internet and technology is ever increasing. The more that people access cyberspace and actively engage or indulge in activities through the use of the internet and technology, the more vulnerable they are to cyber-attacks. As a developing country, Zimbabwe does not rank high in terms of technological advancement.

Corporates Violating Human Rights in Africa–Chilonga and Dinde Case Studies: Assessing Policy Response Options

The global shift of momentum towards sustainable development demands more diligent business practices. Instead, most corporates are palpably involved in human rights abuses instead of spearheading sustainable development without profiteering. The significance of the corporate world to the global economy and efforts to eradicate poverty,especially in developing countries,cannot be overstated. However, the burden of human rights violations is becoming heavier in the global south, particularly in the extractive and agricultural industries. This article highlights a few cases of human rights violations by corporates in Zimbabwe.

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Source: Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe