Emeritus Dr Bishop Ambrose Moyo.
National Peace and Reconciliation Commission
10 December 2015
RE: International human rights day
Heal Zimbabwe would like to congratulate you on being appointed the Chairperson of the (NPRC). We believe this task couldn’t have been assigned to anyone better and it is a reflection of your capacity to help the country heal. The team you lead has individually excelled in a number of areas serving the country and in them we have no doubt you have a high potential team.
Today the world commemorates the international Human rights day observed every year on 10 December. This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights :the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration OF Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights setting out the civil,political,cultural,economic and social rights that are the birth of all human rights.
This year’ International Human Rights Day commemorations take place at a time when the government is in the process of setting up the NPRC.it’s important to note that the need for healing and reconciliation is key as it directly impacts on the Bill of rights. Indeed it is good news that after 2 years since the adoption of the new constitution, the Executive has moved to fulfil its constitutional mandate of upholding and respecting the constitution. As the new chairperson, you are also taking reigns at a time where there is urgent need for healing and reconciliation. We found it necessary and imperative that as we commemorate International Human rights day, we remind you without necessarily scaring you of the onerous task that lies ahead. The NPRC, if it manages to fulfil its constitutional mandate will help in safeguarding human rights.
Zimbabwe today continues to witness cases of politically motivated violence which manifest in different forms. All this has been taking place in the absence of a mechanism which has the constitutional mandate of receiving and considering complaints from the public and developing mechanisms for early detection of areas of potential conflicts and disputes so as to take appropriate preventive measures.
At this point we reiterate that the NPRC commission operationalization delay might have worked negatively in raising public suspicion and mistrust. The task that lies ahead requires for you to restore public confidence and carry out its constitutional mandate in a fair and transparent manner.
Heal Zimbabwe would like to bring to your attention that the communities we work with are waiting to engage the NPRC.This appetite for engagement within the communities provides an opportunity to foster a culture of peaceful coexistence. We implore you and your team to quickly furnish all Stakeholders and Zimbabweans in general with the NPRC Plan of Action so that communities are well informed.
Lastly, we remind you that there are organisations and community led initiatives going on which you need to consult as you put in place an operational framework.
Heal Zimbabwe Trust