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    ZHRC embarks on IDs accessibility enquiry



    MARKS MATARUSE

    MASVINGO- The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is set to embark on a nationwide enquiry on the accessibility of birth certificates, national identity cards, passports and death certificates and their impact on enjoyment of human rights by the citizens.
    “We are going to start public hearings in the first week of July beginning with Masvingo Province and our advance team is already on the ground preparing for the exercise, we are also inviting written submissions from members of the public as well. We want to get to know why there are difficulties in accessing identity documents and make recommendations on what is to be done in addressing barriers that would have been identified,” said Dr Elasto Mugwadi the ZHRC chairman.
    Mugwadi added that during their engagements with the public the issue of identity documentation was very topical hence they have constituted a commission of enquiry to get to the root of the problem as part of their mandate.
    “Based on stakeholder engagement meetings, community outreaches, complaints received from members of the public, and monitoring and assessment missions undertaken by the Commission over the past 4 years of operation, it became apparent that these problems have affected and continue to affect a significant number of Zimbabweans, who feel short changed on full enjoyment of the human rights they have been guaranteed in the National Constitution,’’ said Mugwadi.
    The Commission will also discuss with the aim to review the effectiveness of the existing laws on identity documentation in the country.
    ZHRC was established in 2014 in accordance with Section 233 and 243 of the national Constitution and is responsible for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.
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