Human Rights Watch calls on Mugabe to prioritise 'fundamental freedoms'
A leading international human rights organisation has written to Robert Mugabe, urging the 89 year old to “correct the mistakes of the past” and prioritise the fundamental freedoms of the nation. Human Rights Watch also called on the incoming administration to take “concrete steps to fulfill the country’s human rights obligations.” The international group identified key human rights priorities in its letter to Mugabe. This includes the need to reaffirm the rights provisions in the new constitution, ensure justice and accountability for past abuses, uphold activists’ rights to organize and operate freely without government harassment, and strengthen the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.
Human Rights Watch said that the new government has important legal obligations under African and international human rights treaties “that require it to respect the rights to life, bodily integrity, and liberty and security of the person, as well as freedoms of expression, association, and assembly.” The group said it hoped these fundamental rights and freedoms are prioritised by the new administration. Kasambala meanwhile acknowledged that despite the hotly disputed elections that have ushered in a new ZANU PF government, there is a growing acceptance of the result.
She said that this is now an opportunity to put human rights protection high on the agenda.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SW Radio AfricaSimilar Stories