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  • Introducing the Code of Inclusion…

    As the Nation Gears for a Difficult Conversation on the Past

    The Code of Inclusion: Guiding Principles on Inclusive Public Consultation and Participation in Transitional Justice Processes in Zimbabwe

    The Code of Inclusion is an answer to the questions that we have been grappling with for the past 5 years as a working group, but maybe for much longer for victims of past violence.

    Upon the establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), 36 organisations met on 7 March 2018 at the ‘NPRC Whats Next Conference’ and asked some critical questions about the upcoming work of the NPRC.

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  • Response to the Appointment of the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence in Zimbabwe

    On 26 August 2018, President-Elect E.D Mnangagwa was inaugurated into office as the Second Executive President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. This followed the declaration by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe that E. D. Mnangagwa was duly elected on 30 July 2018. The 2018 harmonised elections were followed by post-election violence in which over 200 human rights violations were documented in the course of two weeks. The violations included the extra-judicial killing of 7 civilians who were shot by the military forces on 1 August 2018 following their deployment in unclear circumstances.

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  • Analysis of the Commission of Inquiry

    On 1 August 2018, following post-election protests against Zimbabwe's election management body, the military opened live ammunition on unarmed civilians killing 6 people and injuring many. In response to international pressure and civil society condemnation, Emmerson Mnangagwa immediately appointed a 7 member investigative Commission of Inquiry led by former South African President Kgalema Montlanthe. In this Programme, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Executive Director Roselyn Hanzi, and National Transitional Justice Working Group Coordinator Dzikamai Bere talk about the Commission and Zimbabwe's major transitional justice questions.

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  • Zimbabwe’s Legacy of Unspoken Truths

    Press Release on the International Day of Truth
    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning gross human rights violations and the dignity of victims.

    On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. This is a tribute to the legacy and memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated on March 24, 1980. Archbishop Romero was assassinated for speaking out against the increasingly savage nature of government repression of marginalized peasants in El Salvador and called upon the state to end the violence against the voiceless and vulnerable in the society.

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  • NTJWG Welcomes the NPRC Act

    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) welcomes the gazetting of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act) on 5 January 2018. The NPRC is one of the five independent Commissions established by the Constitution in 2013, but its operations had been paralysed by the absence of an enabling law.

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  • Defining the Path to Healing

    Statement on the Comments by Vice President Kembo Mohadi Regarding the Role of Traditional Leaders in National Healing Process

    On 16 January 2018, the media reported that Vice President Kembo Mohadi made remarks that insinuated that the government would approach traditional leaders to help deal with the Gukurahundi issue. It is reported that the Vice President said that traditional leaders would help in spearheading healing.

    "It is in our interest to forgive each other and move forward although some will not find it easy," the Vice President is reported to have said.

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  • NPRC Guide Launched

    Zimbabweans have been urged to give the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) a chance as it prepares to start its work.

    This was said by Alec Muchadehama, Chairperson of the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) in his message at the launch of the group’s latest publication, The Guide to Understanding the NPRC.

    In a press release issued on 10 October 2017, NTJWG Chairperson Muchadehama said that the main goal of the Guide is to ensure that citizens have access to’ relevant, complete, timely, and understandable information’ about the Zimbabwe’s long awaited Peace Commission.

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  • On The International Day Of Peace: Standing Together For Peace In Zimbabwe And The World

    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) joins the people of Zimbabwe and indeed the whole world in commemorating the United Nations International Day of Peace. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

    The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the member states, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership for peace.

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  • Parliament, Civil Society Reflect on the NPRC Bill

    Legislators from the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security, Thematic Committee on Human Rights and the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs converged in the capital on Monday April 3 2017 to reflect on the fate of the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill (NPRC Bill) following the conclusion of the public hearings.

    At a reflective workshop convened by the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) and the National Transitional Justice Working Group in Zimbabwe (NTJWG), legislators from the three committees reported that while the Bill fell below the minimum demands by members of the public, they need to find ways to effect the suggestions by the public to make sure that the Bill can withstand scrutiny.

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