The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs says the constitution of Zimbabwe is a comprehensive document that promotes human rights and prevents any form of abuse by state authorities to citizens.

This came out at the national training on treaty body reporting held in Harare today.

The United Nations (UN) has been encouraging Zimbabwe to sign some treaties which require the country to be part of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Permanent Secretary, Virginia Mabhiza said the Zimbabwean government believes the treaties in question are fully addressed by the provisions of the constitution which promote human rights issues.

Earlier on, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Bishaw Parajuli had indicated that Zimbabwe can consider being a signatory to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

He however commended the government for the progress made in ratifying most of the treaties and pledged continuous technical support.

Last year, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs defended the country’s position not to be part of some of the treaties recommended on the basis that the constitution fully addresses the issues and the fact that the country is not  a member of the ICC.