Our work currently in Zimbabwe aims to contribute to enhanced enjoyment of constitutional rights in the country, through legislation, policies, practices and decision-making being increasingly informed by international human rights standards and principles.
We have been engaged in supporting initiatives in the area of democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe since 1992.
Cooperation in Zimbabwe has over the years included:
- human rights training for police, the armed forces, the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian law (support to development of state reports to international human rights treaty bodies)
- capacity development for and implementation of activities in cooperation with the Human Rights Trust for Southern Africa
- support with human rights documentation to the law library at the University of Zimbabwe.
We have also, with Swedish funding, awarded scholarships to Zimbabweans for participation in the Master in International Human Rights Law programme, carried out jointly by RWI and the Faculty of Law at Lund University.
Our current cooperation programme in Zimbabwe has two high-level strategies which are to:
- strengthen institutional capacities for human rights education and research at academic institutions, independent research centres (IRCs) and civil society organisations (CSOs)
- enhance the means and space for academia, IRCs, CSOs and government institutions in Zimbabwe to constructively engage with each other on key human rights reform issues.
In pursuing these strategies, we seek to approach human rights change from a long-term perspective with the aim to strengthen the human resource base for such change in a sustainable manner and to develop and strengthen neutral platforms for more effective and structured collaboration, through professional training in human rights, between government, civil society and other sectors on strategic human rights reform issues.
Main implementing partners are:
- the Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University in Mutare
- the Faculty of Law at Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe
- the Herbert Chitepo School of Law at Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo
- the Centre for Applied Legal Research in Harare
Results that the cooperation has achieved to date include:
- Widened exchange between different sectors in society around human rights reform issues
- Enhanced conditions for human rights education and research at Zimbabwean academic institutions
RWI’s current cooperation programme in Zimbabwe is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.
For more information on the Institute’s cooperation in Zimbabwe, please contact:
Annual National Symposium on Declaration of Rights Held in Zimbabwe
“Prisons Are Unique Because They Have Many Vulnerable Groups”
“Wear a Dress, Keep Clean, Keep Your Legs Together”
Zimbabwe Programme Staff