Dutch embassy urges Zim to expedite alignment of laws, constitution

Dutch embassy urges Zim to expedite alignment of laws, constitution
December 11 12:50 2018
Staff Reporter

The embassy of the Royal Netherlands to Zimbabwe has expressed concern over the slowness in aligning the laws and the new Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Speaking during the launch of ‘Right stuff’ a week-long tour to mark the Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Netherlands Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellenmond, said the government had not done enough yet.

“The Constitution of Zimbabwe was made a supreme law in 2013. Five years later, many laws are still not aligned to it. Progress has been made, but it is not enough.

“The Netherlands Embassy stands with the United Nations and other international development partners in urging the government to accelerate the process of aligning all laws, policies and legal instruments with the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” said Ambassador Hellenmond.

She also urged the government to uphold the Constitution and respect the rights, dignity and security of all Zimbabwean residents at all times.

“The Right Stuff” Human Rights Week tour is being hosted by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in partnership with the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) and will run from 11 to 15 December.

According to HIFA the five-day film and live music program will tour Mabvuku, Hatcliffe, Epworth, St Mary’s and Seke promoting wider understanding of human rights issues, “A host of top local artists (including Winky D, Jah Signal, Killer T, Freeman as well as the Female DJ Movement will also be performing at the screenings to support the message around human rights awareness through music. The activities will be open to all members of the public and free of charge. Besides being a general expression and celebration of the best elements of humanity, Art is a form of a lingua franca through which matters of social importance can be expressed. This makes the activities in the forthcoming ‘Human Rights Week’ both a celebration of humanity and an encouragement towards conversation pertaining to the promotion of that humanity through human rights.”

 

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