2016 in Review - Consolidating Human Rights

May 17, 2017

IYASA theatre performing group innovatively advocating for human rights at the International Day of Human Rights Gweru commemorations in Gweru

UNDP’s approach in strengthening institutions mandated to promote and protect human rights is built upon a rights-based approach drawn from the Constitution. The goal is to ensure that such key institutions are enabled to effectively deliver human rights services to citizens while also improving the human rights situation in the country.

In 2016, the Country Office (CO) scaled up its capacity strengthening efforts of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and Gender Commission. During this period, the ZHRC demonstrated increased capacity to undertake human rights monitoring and investigations producing key human rights reports on a wide range of thematic areas. The Gender Commission designed its inaugural five-year Strategic Plan that defines priority areas for advancing the rights of women and reduction of gender inequality in the country.

The year 2016 also marked the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle for Zimbabwe. The UPR Process is a critical global instrument for assessing the human rights situation in any given country – where governments get reviewed on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. To this end, the UN and UNDP in particular provided technical and financial assistance to the Government through the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

The Government of Zimbabwe’s UPR Report was reviewed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in November 2016 yielding 260 recommendations, 142 of which were adopted, 18 noted and 100 deferred.

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