human rights commission building.pngJustice and Legal Affairs Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa (pictured) says all government appointed commissions must desist from relying on donor funding as this compromises their operations as those who give resources normally want to assume control.

In an interview on the sidelines of the official handover of the Human Rights Commission offices, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said treasury must adequately fund all commissions to reduce interference from the donor community which is known for dictating programmes to be undertaken. 

Cde Chinamasa said the Human Rights Commission must function without any interference to enable transparency and credibility.

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“We should avoid the commission being dependent on donors bacause they [donors] end up dictating to the commission what programmes they want to fund,” said Cde Chinamasa.

 

He noted that the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe have violated local people’s economic, social and cultural human rights, a development which he said must be addressed by the commission.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Reginald Austin called for legislators to fast track the Human Rights Bill in Parliament to operationalise the commission.

The building, which the commission will operate from, was bought by government through the Ministry of Public Works and handed over to the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.