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ZimRights News
ISSUE 10 I 19 JULY 2020
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Our Weekly Human Rights News Round Up is back after a 4-week break. Every week, we capture key human rights developments covering the most important human rights issues in Zimbabwe from a community perspective. To receive updates on WhatsApp, subscribe here

In General
The past few weeks have seen an increase in the language of violence mainly directed at organisers and supporters of the planned July 31 protests. The threats of violence are mainly coming from ZANU PF’s Patrick Chinamasa, and Victor Matemadanda. These threats have been followed by violent actions including the attack on the home of ARTUZ President Obert Masaraure in the morning of 17 July 2020. July 31 movement organisers have remained defiant. On 18 July 2020, Constitutional Law expert and BSR blogger Alex Magaisa published an article naming government officials accused of looting the RBZ’s Agricultural Mechanization which included high ranking government officials, ZANU PF officials, church leaders as well a judges of the High Court. We Lead Director and ZimRights member Namatai Kwekweza was arrested on 16 July 2020 with a few young people protesting Constitution Amendment Bill No.2. They were released on bail and are set to appear in court for trial on 20 July 2020.
Last week, on 16 July 2020 we launched our special report titled: Rights in Crisis – A Human Rights Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe. The report, drawn from ZimRights COVID 19 Response Strategy captures the story of COVID-19 from its genesis from Wuhan until in enveloped the whole world. Combining expert views and community voices, the report analyses the country’s response strategy, disaster preparedness and makes key recommendations for Zimbabwe to emerge from the disaster better than it entered. See the summary of the report here.

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Last week, ZimRights Midlands province convened a Community Reflective Meeting to look at the human rights situation in the province. A number of issues were documented which included the case of extrajudicial killing in Silobela. ZimRights has since registered its concern with the Zimbabwe Republic Police and encouraged the police to investigate the issue. For this and other human rights concerns from Midlands, see the Midlands Community Report issued by our Midlands Chairperson, Mr. Bongozozo.
Following the public hearings by the Parliament on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2, ZimRights members across the country have spoken out against the amendments proposed. The Bill was tabled before the Legal Committee which has accused NGOs of manipulating members of the public. See the full report of the Committee here. 

To understand the concept of Constitutionalism , and the overall importance of protecting and safeguarding the sacred document, ZimRights has crafted a simplified Citizen Guide to understanding Constitutionalism. As the battle for the Constitution continues, we encourage you to read the Guide. 

Speak to your MP
Even though Parliament has concluded public hearings, you can still make you voice heard. Call your Member of Parliament and ask them to defend your Constitution. Your MP is elected to represent you. They have an obligation to represent you in Parliament. If you need their contact details, you can download them here .
Last week, we continued with our COVID 19 Response. We visited Gwanda, Chiredzi and Masvingo were our leadership handed over the much needed humanitarian support to marginalised communities that included Gwanda Prison, and other quarantine centres. See full report here. Also check our online platforms for most recent messages. You can check out the messages on our Facebook and Twitter.
ZimRights Members Speak Out Against Amendments to the Constitution

Some of our members have started speaking out against Constitutional Amendment Bill Number 2. Listen to voices from Murehwa , Chiundura , Norton and Bulawayo.

COVID 19: Harnessing Data for Action
and Decision Making

Last week we launched our special report – Rights in Crisis: A Human Rights Analysis of the COVID 19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe. In compiling this report, we made extensive use of data from various sources. One of the recommendations we make in the report is to encourage the government to ‘Invest in Evidence and Data Collection Models’. This week we take that conversation to our blog. Rumbidzai Moyo, our Data Analyst in the report writes on the importance of data in fighting COVID 19. Read the full article here. 

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