The UK welcomed the 2013 Constitution but is concerned at the lack of adherence to it, and the lack of legislative alignment. Restrictions on the right to assembly; police brutality, and abductions all breach the constitution.
We are concerned to note reports by the Human Rights Commission which highlight political violence and partisan distribution of food aid. We call for these concerns to be investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted.
We reiterate the importance of respect for the right to shelter and property rights. Statements or legislation which call for the denial of property rights based on racial origin are incompatible with Zimbabwe’s international obligations.
The United Kingdom recommends that the Government of Zimbabwe:
1) Fully respects the spirit and letter of the 2013 Constitution, and ratifies the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
2) Immediately publish a timeline ensuring that legislation, including the Public Order and Security Act, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and relevant electoral legislation, will be aligned with the constitution before the end of the 8th Parliament.