The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Peace Day under the theme "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future".


This year's theme gives the world and Zimbabwe in particular the opportunity for self-introspection. An opportunity to refocus and ensure sustainable peace in an environment where there is a high prevalence of politically motivated violence and human rights abuses.


Through the years Zimbabweans have been deprived of their fundamental rights such as the right to health. This has been brought upon by issues to do with high user fees at health facilities which are beyond access to the vast majority of Zimbabweans.


ZADHR continues to be disturbed by reports of individuals who have been denied access to healthcare on the basis of their political affiliation. It is these factors among others that continue to cause dissatisfaction amongst Zimbabweans. Health is a human right and should be readily accessible to all Zimbabweans.


In addition, Zimbabwe has a known history of association of high levels of violence and torture around the election period. Torture has been and continues to be systematically used for political expediency by some sections of the government to maim and to kill political opponents.


So, on this day ZADHR notes that as we approach a possible constitutional referendum and general elections there is need for Zimbabweans to maintain their calmness and for the government to ensure that the culture of impunity is done away with.


A violence free referendum and election will allow citizens to peacefully participate in national processes.


In the end, ZADHR calls on all adversaries, be they economic or political, to find peaceful solutions to their differences.

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