Government says human rights can never be described as universal as they are not uniformly applied across the world owing to various factors.
This emerged during the Universal Periodic Review process attended by UN agencies, civil society organisations and government representatives held in Kadoma.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Senator Obert Gutu, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa said although Zimbabwe had rejected some recommendations by the UN as they were deemed mischievous, it is co-operating in areas where they have agreed.
The Permanent Secretary in the Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry, Mr. David Mangota said Zimbabwe, as a sovereign state, has a sovereign right to ratify policies which are not against the people’s moral persuasions.
Also present at the workshop was the office of the High Commissioner Regional Representative for Southern Africa responsible for Human Rights, Ms Yananai Poc, UN resident representative, Mr. Alain Noudou, members of independent commissions, civil society organisations and faith based organisations, among others.
The Universal Periodic Review workshop is held after a four year period, where all stakeholders meet to take stock of implementations made on past recommendations.