NPRC Watch: Quarterly Newsletter July – September 2021

The latest NPRC Watch from the National Transitional Justice Working Group reflects on the international day of peace celebrations, gives us insights into the theft of a Gukurahundi memorial plaque in Silobela as well as highlights of the NPRC Gender and Inclusion Policy. Read on for more details.

Operating context

The transitional justice operating environment continues to be restricted, the Government of Zimbabwe’s measures to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have interrupted many political and transitional justice processes.The restrictions have made community engagements impossible because of the ban on gatherings. As a result, education and awareness campaigns on transitional justice continue to be curtailed. Engagements have been limited to digital platforms, which most survivors and victims have no access to. This goes for national transitional justice processes, such as the ongoing access to documentation initiative by the Department of the Registrar General’s Office in areas affected by Gukurahundi. As a result, a new generation of victims in the form of children failing to attend school has been created.

Zimbabwe celebrates the International Day of Peace

Every year on 21 September, the International Day of Peace (IDP) is commemorated to strengthen the ideals of peace around the world. The day is commemorated under a theme that is relevant to the on going global events and this year’s theme was “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World”. This theme was inspired by the recognition that as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to help everyone recover better, build resilience, and reflect on how to transform the world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier. The NTJWG, the NPRC and the NTJWG stakeholders joined the rest of the world to commemorate this day. The International Day of peace commemoration was an occasion to educate the general public on the importance of peace, healing, reconciliation, and unity.

Read the full publication here (1MB PDF)

Source: National Transitional Justice Working Group


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