‘Food se­cu­rity re­mains a threat’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Gov­ern­ment has made sig­nif­i­cant strides in up­hold­ing hu­man rights although the coun­try’s food se­cu­rity has re­mained a threat to in­di­vid­ual rights.

Pre­sent­ing the first re­port of the the­matic com­mit­tee on peace and se­cu­rity on the state of hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Zim­babwe in the Se­nate last week, the com­mit­tee’s chair­per­son Se­na­tor Re­tired Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mike Nyam­buya lauded the Gov­ern­ment for its com­mit­ment in pro­mot­ing hu­man rights.

Rtd Lt Gen Nyam­buya said the coun­try’s sub­scrip­tion to var­i­ous hu­man rights in­stru­ments was a con­fir­ma­tion of its ded­i­ca­tion to re­spect­ing in­di­vid­ual rights.

He said Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to pro­mul­gate laws to pro­tect hu­man rights was a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“The State has also taken leg­isla­tive, pol­icy and ad­min­is­tra­tive steps, to some ex­tent, to give fur­ther le­gal safe­guards to the en­joy­ment of the rights con­tained in the var­i­ous re­gional and in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments that the coun­try is party to. A good ex­am­ple is the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe of 2013 that pro­vides an ex­pan­sive Bill of Rights that strength­ens the var­i­ous civil and po­lit­i­cal rights and in­cludes pro­tec­tive pro­vi­sions of some eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural rights that were not pre­vi­ously jus­ti­fi­able,” he said.

Rtd Lt Gen Nyam­buya how­ever said eco­nomic chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try were damp­en­ing the de­fence of hu­man rights.

“It is per­ti­nent to note that there have been some vi­o­la­tions of so­cial and eco­nomic rights as well as civil and po­lit­i­cal rights due to a num­ber of fac­tors. Key driv­ers for the vi­o­la­tions in­clude the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion and the El Niño in­duced drought as well as po­lit­i­cal po­lar­i­sa­tion,” said Rtd Lt Gen Nyam­buya.

He said some of the hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions are wit­nessed in the health ser­vice de­liv­ery, pro­vi­sion of food and wa­ter as well as de­fend­ing chil­dren’s rights.

Rtd Lt Gen Nyam­buya said hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions are still be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in pris­ons where in­mates do not have ad­e­quate food and cloth­ing.

For the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights, he said, the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the Gov­ern­ment should avail ad­e­quate re­sources to the Zim­babwe Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion so that the com­mis­sion can ef­fec­tively ex­e­cute its du­ties.

Rtd Lt Gen Mike Nyam­buya

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