human rights10.jpgGovernment says the Attorney General’s office will soon  be working on a draft bill which aims to operationalise the Human Rights Commission. 

 

Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said the bill will define the powers and functions of the commission and is a positive step towards promotion and protection of human rights.

He was speaking during the launch of a manual on Human Rights State Party Reporting in the capital.

 

 The manual is a tool which stakeholders hope to use when reporting on the steps Zimbabwe has taken to implement its obligations arising from the human rights treaties to which the country is signatory.

 

“This is a clear demonstration of the efforts we are making towards the consolidation of human rights,” said Cde Chinamasa.

Zimbabwe has successfully submitted all required reports on human rights statutes but due to financial challenges the country has failed submit periodical reports.

The manual commissioned with the support of the United Nations Development Programme contains an overview of the human rights system, treaties, principles, categories of human rights, sources of international humanitarian law and state obligations among others.