Rights Commission orders ZRP to fairly investigate CCC rally murder

By Staff Writer

THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has urged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to fairly investigate the heinous crime which led to the death of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) supporter at a rally in Kwekwe.

In a statement the commission urged the law enforcement officials to impartially enforce the law without fear or favor so that all political parties freely hold their election campaigns and rallies without unjustified stringent measures or requirements.

“ZHRC further calls on the law enforcement agencies to uphold the human rights and freedoms of all citizens, including freedom of assembly, association, and expression.

“Citizens are reminded that Article 2 (3) (a) of the ICCPR guarantees an effective remedy even in instances where human rights violations have been committed by persons acting in an official party,” he said.

The ZHRC said the high level of political intolerance which has resulted in escalation of interparty and intra-party violence ahead of the by-elections and the 2023 harmonised elections is disturbing and unacceptable in a democratic and free society that Zimbabwe is.

“For citizens to make informed choices, there is need for equitable access to the media so that the harmful effects of disinformation are mitigated.

“The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission therefore calls upon all political leaders to immediately de-escalate tension and re-engage constructively, in the interests of the people of Zimbabwe, with a view to agree on the modalities of conducting inclusive, free, fair, transparent, and credible elections,” said the commission.

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