ZHRC REPORT ON THE FIRST MONITORING VISIT TO CHIMANIMANI AND CHIPINGE IN THE AFTERMATH OF CYCLONE IDAI, 25-29 MARCH 2019 1. Introduction The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) carried out a human rights situation monitoring exercise in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The Cyclone occurred from the 15th of March 2019 and, in Zimbabwe, it mostly impacted Manicaland’s Chimanimani and Chipinge districts where lives were lost, public infrastructure, houses, household properties and livestock were also destroyed. The monitoring visit was in line with the ZHRC’s functions elaborated in Section 243 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe to; monitor, assess and ensure the observance of human rights and freedoms. Thus, the main purpose of the mission was to have a first-hand assessment and appreciation of effects of the cyclone on the affected families and communities. Further, the Commission’s monitoring visit assessed the relief and recovery response mechanism by Government and its partners using human rights principles and guidelines. 2. Methodology The ZHRC human rights monitoring and assessment visit was guided and informed by national, regional and international legal frameworks and standards that guarantee and facilitate protection and promotion of human rights including in situations of disasters and emergencies. The founding values of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, in Section 3 (1) (c), (e) and (f), state that Zimbabwe is founded on the respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms; the recognition of the inherent dignity and worth of each human being; and recognition of the equality of all human beings. Under the Bill of 1

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