The Commission Newsletter ADDRESS: 144 Samora Machel Avenue, HARARE TELEPHONE: +263 4 293 4102-3 / 705 426 / 705 268 / 251 079 / 701 811 / 703 616 / 251 077 / 703 596 ADDRESS: 127A Fife Street, between 13th & 14 Avenue, BULAWAYO TELEPHONE: +263 9 64170-73 WEBSITE: DATE: 31 August 2016 ISSUE NO. 1 E-MAIL ADDRESS: ZHRC speaks to human rights victims Z Chairperson Elasto Hilarious Mugwadi imba bw e Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is mandated by the Constitution to promote, protect and enforce human rights in Zimbabwe. ZHRC is one of the five Independent Commissions S u p p o r t i n g Democracy in Z i m b a b w e , established under Chapter 12 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The other Independent Commissions are Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Zimbabwe Media Commission as well as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. In order to carry out this mandate, ZHRC established three departments, one of which is Complaints Handling and Investigations under which complaints are received and actioned. In 2015, ZHRC handled a total of 482 complaints. From January to July 2016, the Commission has dealt with 313 complaints. ZHRC takes note of allegations of police brutality on peaceful protesters in Harare and Bulawayo following the mass job stay-away on 13 July 2016 and other protests thereafter. During the protests, the police anti-riot squad is accused of i nd i s cr i min a t el y beating up people, some of whom would be in their homes. ZHRC urges human rights abuse victims to approach its offices for redress and not to suffer in silence. On the other hand, the Commission exhorts demonstrators to strictly adhere to and abide by their constitutional right of demonstrating peacefully without violence or provocation. To Page 6 VISION A Zimbabwean society where human rights and administrative justice are fully enjoyed by everyone. MISSION To be an effective, fearless, and independent national champion for the advancement of human rights, that is committed to the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights and administrative justice in accordance with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and International Human Rights Standards. CORE VALUES Fearlessness . Accessibility . Independence . Responsiveness Professionalism . Integrity Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission’s Official Newsletter

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