Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlope"¦

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (The Coalition) joins the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) in celebrating 20 years in existence. Since 1992, Zimrights, which is a member of The Coalition, has been fighting for the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of all Zimbabweans.

In recognition of the tremendous work done by the organisation over the years, The Coalition awarded Zimrights, the Democracy and Governance organizational award in 2010 for promoting and protecting human rights in the country. In the same year, ZimRights' highly acclaimed 'Article VII Voices for Healing' Documentary which chronicles the effects of political violence and makes a case for transitional justice and national healing, won the Best Zimbabwean Production Award at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF), the biggest film festival in the country.

Owing to its criticism of government's human rights record, employees and members of Zimrights including current chairperson Joel Hita, Director Okay Machisa, regional coordinator Florence Ndlovu and officer, Walter Dube among others have been subjected to victimisation, harassment and arrests by law enforcement agents. Despite the economic, political and social woes which have characterised the past two decades, Zimrights continues to campaign for human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe.

Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlope Zimrights; may your zeal and dedication remain unrelenting until Zimbabwe is freed from the yokes of oppression and until the rights of all Zimbabweans are recognised.


The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is a broad based civil society network of over 72 active members comprising churches, women's groups, social movements, residents associations, labour unions, human rights lawyers, and health professionals. It was formed in August of 2001 to focus on democracy, human rights, good governance and sustainable development issues - working locally, regionally and internationally.

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