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Legal Monitor: ZLHR assesses COPAC

HARARE-Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is involved in a comprehensive analysis of the country's constitution making process.

ZLHR board chairperson Andrew Makoni told members at the human rights organisation's Annual General Meeting that it was critical for the draft constitution that will be released by the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) to meet recommended standards.


"ZLHR secretariat is currently working on a simplified analysis of the COPAC draft and comparing it to the recommended standards contained in the ZLHR publication. It will be finalised once the COPAC draft is finalised and then will be translated and disseminated widely through network partners for civic education purposes ahead of the referendum," said Makoni.


Civil society groups have previously expressed concern that the government-led constitution making process has been hijacked by the three political parties in the coalition government. The negotiators for the three political parties have been holding meetings to iron out differences, meaning the final document will be a result of horse trading.


ZLHR has been involved in other programmes for the benefit of the community.


These include HIV/AIDS Human Rights and Law project that seek to help communities cope with the disease.


The organisation has been giving technical support to Parliamentarians and has been running mobile legal clinics and community AIDS forums which continued to provide a consistent link with communities on matters of HIV and the law.

Meanwhile, three members were elected to serve on the ZLHR board at the AGM. The three board members Selby Hwacha, Mordecai Mahlangu and Reginald Chidawanyika were nominated by members to fill in the vacant board seats following the expiry of the term of office for Sarudzayi Njerere, Hilary Garikayi and Hwacha, who was eligible to stand for re-election.

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