• Crimes Against Humanity Alert!

    Zimbabwe On The Brink as Violations Intensify

    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) is shocked at the horrific developments of the past weeks. We hereby raise the RED FLAG that, unless urgent measures are taken, we may be on the brink, if not already, of MASSIVE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY as the military and the police continue with violations against the civilian population, opposition activists and civil society leaders since the 14 January 2019 fuel protests.
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  • 2018 Transitional Justice Symposium

    Summary Report

    From 21 to 23 November 2018, over 118 delegates converged in Bulawayo for the 2018 Transitional Justice Policy Symposium which was jointly convened by the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). The theme of the symposium was, ‘Never Again: Setting the Transitional Justice Agenda for Zimbabwe.’
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  • NPRC Briefing - November 2018

    Ensure Independent, Competent and Well- Resourced Secretariat for the NPRC

    The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) is one of 5 independent commissions established by the Constitution of Zimbabwe to entrench a culture of human rights and democracy.

    Section 234 of the Constitution gives the NPRC power to hire and fire their own Secretariat. This means that the Commission must develop: a recruitment policy, needs assessment and job descriptions; and, advertise and hire competent staff without being directed by anyone.
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  • NTJWG Pre-Election Transitional Justice Briefing

    An Urgent Call for Action! Embracing the Imperatives of Peace, Avoiding Violence

    In less than a week, Zimbabweans head for the polls in the first post-Mugabe election. It is a tightly contested election pitting a post-Tsvangirai opposition coalition and a post-Mugabe ruling party. Both the opposition and the ruling party are promising real change, equating the plebiscite to the 1980 elections that ushered in majority rule. As the momentum rises, the tension rises as well, creating fears of social unrest and protest in the days ahead. This situation raises transitional justice questions that we beg the nation to reflect on. In this briefing, we raise some red flags as we believe we are on the road to a disastrous election that has a high violence potential in the aftermath. These issues, we believe can only be ignored at great risk of instability.
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  • NPRC WATCH 4th Edition 2018

    Welcome to the 4th Issue of the NPRC Watch.

    A lot has happened since the last issue of the NPRC Watch. The long awaited NPRC is now in operation. The Commission has started. Consultation meetings have been held around the country. A National Convergence and Validation Conference has been held in Harare.
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  • A Guide to Understanding the NPRC 2018

    The 2nd Edition of the 'Guide to Understanding the NPRC in Zimbabwe' is out with updated information. This follows the publication of the 1st Edition of the Guide in November, 2017. The new Edition comprises all the full biographies of the NPRC Commissioners and Chairperson, the NPRC Act and Constitution extract of the NPRC, among others.

    This is a must read as Zimbabwe gears up to engage every citizen on the work of NPRC.
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  • The NPRC Brief 2018

    This briefing was presented to the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission on 15 March, 2018. The briefing draws from the monitoring work done by NTJWG and the views obtained by NTJWG from stakeholders who are concerned with the national peace and reconciliation process in Zimbabwe. Of great significance is the Stakeholders’ ‘What Next’ Conference held on 7 February, 2018 where stakeholders deliberated on the process and made a number of recommendations regarding the process.
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  • Executive Brief 2018

    This briefing was presented to the Special Advisor to the President on National Peace and Reconciliation. The briefing draws from the monitoring work done by NTJWG and the views obtained by NTJWG from Stakeholders who are concerned with the national peace and reconciliation process in Zimbabwe. Of great significance is the Stakeholders’ Conference held on 07 February, 2018 where stakeholders deliberated on the process and made a number of recommendations regarding the process.
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  • Jan - Mar 2018 Newletter: Transitional Justice Briefing

    This update serves to provide a brief update for Stakeholders on the transitional justice developments in the country as well as activities of the NTJWG in the first quarter of 2018. This briefing covers the NPRC Act and the Next Steps, continuing dialogue on the transitional justice processes, NTJWG Stakeholders Conference, NTJWG Interface with the Special Advisor to the President, NTJWG interface with the NPRC, the Transitional Justice Archive, the NPRC Watch, the Guide to Understanding the NPRC, among other developments.
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  • Annual Report 2017

    “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” These words by Maya Angelou adequately capture the task that NTJWG stakeholders have before them – to face history with courage.

    NTJWG, during the reporting period, has made itself available to the call to coordinate the work on transitional justice in Zimbabwe. This is essentially a movement to encourage our nation to confront its past with courage. We are glad to note in this report that this work is gathering speed.
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  • A Guide to Understanding the NPRC 2017

    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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  • NPRC Bill Public Hearings: The Process Enhances the Substance

    In the Minimum Standards for an Effective National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (2014), the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) emphasised the importance of inclusiveness, public information and participation in all processes regarding the establishment and the work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC).

    It has become critical that we reiterate the importance of these minimum standards, considering the developments surrounding the NPRC Bill public hearings
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  • NPRC Watch - Issue 3

    The process of establishing the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has all along been painfully slow and we are losing a lot of time. It appears this has changed suddenly, with the government gazetting the NPRC Bill and quickly rushing it through the Public Hearings. We notice the rush with consternation. A commission of this nature is not a matter of ticking the boxes. We must pay attention to the details of the process. In as much as we are worried about time, we must not sacrifice substance.
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  • State of Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe Report

    This report captures the key developments in Zimbabwe's key transitional justice processes to date. It highlights those developments relevant to the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence. Building on the recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council at the past Universal Periodic Review (UPR) sessions, the report highlights some action points in need of attention and opportunities for Zimbabwe to collaborate with UN mechanisms in ensuring that it meets its transitional justice obligations under both domestic and international law.
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  • Minimum Standards for an Effective NPRC

    This report outlines the minimum standards for an effective National Peace Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). The minimum standards refer to the protection of victims and witnesses; privacy and confidentiality and provisions for persons with special needs; adequate funding and resource mobilization for the commission; the power to subpoena witnesses; and guidelines for gender mainstreaming the work of the Commission.
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  • Guiding Principles for Transitional Justice Policy and Practice in Zimbabwe

    This report captures the generally accepted positions of transitional justice stakeholders in Zimbabwe regarding Justice and Accountability, Promotion of Truth, Reparations, Memorialisation, Women and Transitional Justice, as well as Institutional Reforms.

    Following decades of transitional justice dialogue in Zimbabwe, stakeholders represented by 48 organisations gathered in Nyanga from 23 to 24 July 2014 to discuss and adopt these guiding principles. The Guiding Principles are not final but represent the generally accepted position by stakeholders. Stakeholders agreed that these positions are not rigid but need to be discussed further and to be updated when necessary. The Guiding Principles were officially launched by NTJWG Chairperson Alec Muchadehama on 24 September 2015, marking a milestone in Zimbabwe’s transitional justice processes.
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  • Stakeholders Conference on Transitional Justice Principles
    in Zimbabwe – Conference Report

    This report captures the proceedings of the 23 – 24 July 2015 stakeholders conference on transitional justice principles that was convened by the NTJWG to discuss and agree on the Guiding Transitional Justice Principles for Zimbabwe.
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  • NPRC Watch - Issue 1

    Section 251 of the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe established the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to bring about post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation. However, the actual Commission is still to see the light of day as the government drags its feet. The NPRC Watch is a tool to track and monitor the process of establishing the NPRC. This is the inaugural issue gives the background to the NPRC, an analysis of the process as well as some key recommendations by stakeholders.
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  • NPRC Watch - Issue 2

    Truth commissions like the NPRC , although not a judicial body, investigate cases, conduct public or camera hearings, submit reports to the oversight body and recommend actions to be taken by the government. These processes need to be documented, achieved and made accessible to the public. The achieved documents are part of memorialisation, adhere to the right to know should be used for education purposes and are part of the history of a nation.
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  • Analysis of the NPRC Bill: February 2017

    On 10 February 2017, the Government of Zimbabwe gazetted the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill [H.B.2, 2017.] (the new NPRC Bill) to put the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) into operation and related matters. This bill is the successor to the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill H.B 13, 2015 (the old Bill) which was gazetted on 18 December 2015 and withdrawn from Parliament in May 2016 following criticism by the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG), the Parliamentary Legal Committee, as well as members of the public during the Public Hearings held from 10 to 18 April 2016. Among many weaknesses pointed out in this analysis, three stand out with the potential to kill the Commission from its foundations.
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  • Factsheet on the NPRC Bill: March 2017

    The old Bill provided for a Ministerial Certificate that could stop the disclosure of information in public if Minister deemed the information inappropriate. The Commission has no power to go against the Certificate issued by the Minister. The new Bill still provides that if the Minister of State Security, in his opinion, believes certain information to be a threat to national interests, he can issue a certificate to stop the disclosure of such information in public. However, anyone who finds that certificate to be inappropriate can appeal to the Commission, which now has power to set aside or vary the Minister’s Certificate. Anyone who disagrees with the Commission’s decision can appeal to the Administrative Court. Secondly, the old Bill gave the Commission power to grant amnesty.
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