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  • NPRC Briefing October 2019

    This Briefing was presented to the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) on the 17th of October, 2019 drawing from the engagements done by NTJWG in the second quarter and the views it obtained from stakeholders who care about the national peace and reconciliation process in Zimbabwe.
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  • Archival Reference Group Meeting Report

    On the 28th of October 2019 the Archival Reference Group had a meeting at Holiday Inn Harare. The meeting was attended by a total of fifteen people representing Grace to Heal, CIVNET, Media Monitors, Zimbabwe Peace Project, CCJP, Gweru Residents Forum, Tell Zimbabwe, RAU and the Secretariat of the Working Group.
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  • Knowledge Management Committee Meeting Report

    The meeting was attended by representatives from Africa University, Solusi University, Zimbabwe Peace Project, Catholic University, Media Monitors, University of Cape Town who joined the conversation via Skype, Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA) and the Secretariat of the National Transitional Justice Working Group.
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  • Gender Committee Meeting Report

    The meeting was attended by representatives from Women's Institute for Leadership Development(WILD), Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association(ZWLA), Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe(PTUZ), Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Musasa Project and the Secretariat of the National Transitional Justice Working Group.
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  • NTJWG Third Quarterly Meeting Report

    Every quarter, the NTJWG convenes to deliberate on the activities implemented in the previous quarter and map the way forward for the next quarter. In this regard, the NTJWG met again on 31 October, 2019 to reflect on the issues arising and review the implementation of the new strategic plan.
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  • NTJWG Newsletter September 2019

    2019 has been an eventful year for Zimbabweans thus far and the month of September is no different. In this newsletter, we detail the developments in our country around transitional justice issues to give you a better view of the transitional justice landscape in Zimbabwe today. We cover the activities of the NPRC, our activities, and publications, the activities of our stakeholders and other global developments. As always we welcome your feedback.
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  • Semi-Annual Regional Process Monitoring Meeting Report

    Zimbabwe is currently implementing Constitutional provisions relating to the NationalPeace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) whose lifespan was extended by five years to enable it to fully carry out its mandate.
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  • NTJWG Statement on International Day of Peace

    The NTJWG join the rest of the world in commemorating the International of Peace. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
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  • Community Dialogue on the Mandate of the NPRC Report

    On 5 January, 2018 the Government of Zimbabwe gazetted the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act), operationalising the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). Following the operationalization, the NPRC convened consultative meetings across the country with survivors on key issues pertinent for the NPRC to cover.
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  • Community Dialogue on the Mandate of the NPRC

    On 5 January, 2018 the Government of Zimbabwe gazetted the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act), operationalising the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). Following the operationalization, the NPRC convened consultative meetings across the country with survivors on key issues pertinent for the NPRC to cover. The NTJWG has continuously monitored the work of the NPRC since January 2018.
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  • Survivor Support Group Reflective Meeting

    Since March 2018, the NTJWG has worked on implementing the resolution of stakeholders from the 2013 International Conference on Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe. Following several consultative meetings, a decision was made for the establishment of a Survivors Support Group to allow stakeholders to effectively deal with issues related to survivors.
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  • NTJWG Newsletter, August 2019

    The month of August is always a difficult time for Zimbabwe. It is the same month in which at least six civilians were shot dead by the army following the demonstrations in the Harare CBD. Since then, things have not been the same. In this newsletter, we highlight so that you get the full picture of the transitional justice landscape in the country.
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  • Annual Report 2017 - 2018

    In 2018 the NTJWG remained committed and focused on facilitating and contributing to the national peace and reconciliation process in Zimbabwe. During the reporting period, the NTJWG has made itself available to the call to coordinate the work on transitional justice in Zimbabwe. At the country's most critical and vulnerable moment, the NTJWG increased its membership to ninety-nine members to achieve a milestone and build a movement to encourage our nation to confront its past with courage and resilience.
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  • NTJWG Newsletter, July 2019

    There have been a number of considerable transitional justice developments in the country in the month of July. In this newsletter, we capture these developments for you, so that you get the full picture of the transitional justice landscape in the country.

    This month we are sharing with you our take on the issue of national dialogue, the role of leadership in national healing reconciliation processes. We welcome your feedback.
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  • NTJWG Newsletter, June 2019

    There have been several transitional justice developments in the country in June. In this newsletter, we package these developments for you, so that you get the full picture of the transitional justice landscape in the country. We cover the general developments in the communities and the activities of the NPRC. We also share some of our activities and other global developments. We will feature the NTJWG editorial in which we zoom into the issues that we care about. We welcome your feedback.
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  • Statement on Mandela Day

    CALL FOR AN INCLUSIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE AND PROBLEM-SOLVING NATIONAL DIALOGUE
    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) joins the rest of the world in commemorating Mandela Day.

    Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of dialogue and the art of listening and speaking to others, getting others to listen and talk to each other.
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  • NTJWG Newsletter, May 2019

    This newsletter serves to keep you up to speed with transitional justice processes in the country. In the month of May 2019, the NPRC undertook a major outreach programme.

    As the outreach begins, we share in this edition the Code of Inclusion as we encourage the NPRC to be inclusive. NTJWG released the first Executive Brief for 2019. The 2018 State of Transitional Justice Report is also contained in this newsletter.
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  • NTJWG Executive Briefing, Jan - Mar 2019

    This briefing seeks to draw the Executive’s attention to the important developments in our country as they relate to transitional justice, healing and reconciliation.

    The NTJWG is a network of 100 stakeholder organisations, survivor groups and individuals concerned with the national peace and reconciliation process in Zimbabwe.
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  • NPRC Briefing, March 2019

    On 9 April 2019, the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) met with the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) for the first briefing of the year.

    This report carries a summary of the issued presented to the NPRC. In the briefing, the NTJWG raised several issues of concern to Zimbabwe’s transitional justice journey.
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  • Transitional Justice Briefing Newsletter Feb - Mar 2019

    On the 20 th of February, the NTJWG convened a meeting with stakeholders in Bulawayo to reflect on the work of the Working Group in 2018 and to also map the way forward for 2019.

    The discussions were based on the real and perceived threats to transitional justice processes happening across the country and how the NTJWG can be organised to respond to these pertinent issues. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Brian Kagoro and attended by 12 participants in total.
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  • Code of Inclusion

    On 5 January 2018, the Government of Zimbabwe gazetted the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act) operationalizing the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). This set into motion a very important chapter in the history of Zimbabwe. In this Code of Inclusion, NTJWG advances the mandate given by stakeholders to ensure that the processes of transitional justice in Zimbabwe are aligned to the expectations of the people of Zimbabwe and meet the best international standards.
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  • 2018 Transitional Justice Policy Symposium Report

    The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) organised a Transitional Justice Symposium in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe from 21 to 23 November 2018. The theme of the conference was “Never Again: Defining the Transitional Justice Agenda in Zimbabwe”. The Symposium took place over a three - day period with venues spread all over Matabeleland in Bulawayo’s Nesbitt Castle, Bulawayo urban and a number of sites of atrocities across Bulawayo and the neighbouring communities.
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  • State of Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe 2018 Report

    The 2018 State of Transitional Justice Report captures the key developments in Zimbabwe’s key transitional justice processes since the last report published in January 2018. 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.

    The report documents the outstanding areas of implementation according to domestic law and international obligations.
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  • 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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