Commissions Watch 4/2017 Human Rights Commission Report: on 2014 Tsholotsho Flooding 22 June displacement of some of community members. The Human Rights Commission, through its Commissioners visited the district from the 11th to 12th November 2014. Objectives The main objective of the mission was to assess the human rights situation for all the affected communities, including determining the scope and extent of the emergency in the displaced communities from Butabubili, Gariya, Sandawana, Sasedza, and Kalave. In addition, the Commissioners set out to assess the humanitarian needs and the social impact of the floods on the affected population and the adequacy of Government’s arrangements in realising human rights and freedoms for the internally displaced persons. Methods for assessment The Commissioners used four tools for assessment, that is, key informant interviews, focus groups discussions, household questionnaires and participant observations. The key informant interviews collected in-depth information about the community from key stakeholders such as villagers, traditional leaders and teachers. The focus group discussions mainly captured the perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes of the respondents towards human rights issues. Information was gathered from men, women, children and key informants in a permissive and nurturing environment that enabled them to have an open discussion and encouraged different perspectives and views towards the human rights issues that affected them. The platform also encouraged the participants to formulate opinions and ideas that exist in Tsholotsho in terms of beliefs, experiences, values and norms. The household questionnaires were formulated to have an indepth view of the past and present situation in the Tsholotsho community. They were administered to twelve random households throughout the 25 km radius from the Butabubili Primary School. The team had intended to administer the questionnaires on a gender-balanced basis, but however, 70% of the occupants were women and this was so because the men had gone to work across the border in South Africa, to fend for their families. This gave an opportunity for the views of the women concerning the human rights issues that affected them to be heard since women were often excluded in meetings. Challenges The Commissioners were faced with some challenges, the main one being unreliability of the statistics of the people affected by the flood and property lost since there were different accounts and views. Further, the people were tired of being interviewed and wanted assistance since they had been interviewed before and had been promised some assistance that had not materialised. Legal framework

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