In a speech to human rights organizations in Harare Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe says no development can occur in Zimbabwe while there are human rights violations.
Speaking at the International Human Rights Day commemorations organised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS), Khupe said Zimbabweans must be entitled to full enjoyment of all their rights.
She called for peace and the right to information, saying the state media has failed the nation, calling it a mouthpiece for the Zanu PF party.
The international theme for the International Human Rights Day is ‘Inclusion and the Right to Participate in Public Life’. Zimbabwe’s broader theme is ‘Towards a Non-violent Zimbabwe’.
ZIMRIGHTS also honoured what it termed outstanding provincial human rights defenders from around the country.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director, Irene Petras, was named the Best Human Rights Defender of Women while Blessing Nyamaropa from the same organisation won the overall Human Rights Defender of the Year award.
The Human Rights Journalist of the Year award went to Farai Mutsaka, News Editor of the Daily News.
Meanwhile, the government Thursday also launched a revised protocol on sexual abuse and violence with the Judicial Service Commission secretary, Rita Makarau, denouncing violence against women and children during election time.
Speaking the launch of a multi-sectoral approach to managing sexual abuse and violence in Zimbabwe, Makarau labeled sexual violence against women and children as synonymous with elections in Zimbabwe.
The former High Court judge president urged authorities to ensure that sexual and other rights of women and children are protected during elections expected next year.
The United Nations Children’s Education Fund deputy country representative, Va Marc Rubin, said the boy-child should not be overlooked on issues of sexual abuse and violence.
The new protocol sets minimum standards for the care and protection of child and women survivors of sexual abuse and violence, and will assist service providers in communities to better understand their roles while holding other service providers accountable.
Junior parliament president, Tatenda Rusere, urged authorities to walk their talk saying the time for empty statements is over.