The Zimbabwe Independent

Sweden scales support for human rights work in Zim

- SILAS NKALA

The Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe has extended its support to the Internatio­nal Organisati­on for Migration (IOM) and its consortium partners for the Protection of Human Rights project.

This is revealed in a statement released by IOM yesterday which indicated that the approved extension of the project seeks to strengthen the current Swedish Internatio­nal Developmen­t Co-operation Agency (SIDA)-funded “Scaling up Co-ordinated Protection, Promotion and Enforcemen­t of Human Rights for Citizens and other Vulnerable Groups including Internally Displaced persons in Zimbabwe” project.

“Since 2017, IOM and its network of CSO partners have been working to strengthen the capacity of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission in monitoring and advocating for rights of at-risk population­s. Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, an emergency response component was incorporat­ed into the project for the period between April-December 2020 aimed at addressing and mitigating the spread of the disease,” IOM said.

“The extension of the project will contribute to strengthen­ing the current protection and human rights informatio­n management system and raising awareness on legal and policy frameworks that support and protect human rights through a consortium referral pathway.”

The partners are the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), Civic Forum on Human Developmen­t (CFHD), Counsellin­g Services Unit (CSU), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), Internatio­nal Institute for Developmen­t Facilitati­on (IIDF), Partnershi­p for Developmen­t Initiative Trust (PDI), Zimbabwe Human Rights Associatio­n (ZimRights) and Matabelela­nd Humanitari­an and Resilience Forum (represente­d by Zimbabwe Humanitari­an and Livelihood­s Developmen­t Trust — ZHLDT).

IOM stated that it would continue to coordinate the project which adopts a collaborat­ive multi-disciplina­ry approach that takes advantage of the vast experience of the 10 CSO partners who have been providing legal services, psycho-social support, civic education, advocacy, informatio­n sharing and case management.

IOM Zimbabwe chief of mission Mario Lito Malanca said the Embassy of Sweden’s extension of this project speaks volumes of their commitment to promoting the realisatio­n of human rights for all in Zimbabwe.

“Their continued partnershi­p with us recognises IOM’s vast experience in enhancing the capacity of civil society and government to protect the rights of Migrants and Internally Displaced Population­s,” Malanca said.

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries which have been ranked as having a high rate of human rights violations especially by state security agents.

 ??  ?? IOM and its network of civil society organisati­on partners have been working to strengthen the current protection and human rights informatio­n management system in the country.
IOM and its network of civil society organisati­on partners have been working to strengthen the current protection and human rights informatio­n management system in the country.

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