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New Zim coach Butcher outlines vision

Below are eight issues they highlighted in a seven-page dossier handed to Pillay, in Harare on Tuesday.


  • Operating environment — that the government of Zimbabwe take immediate and time bound steps to honour its commitment to ratify and domesticate the UN Convention against Torture and other international human rights instruments.
  • Elections — it is apparent that elections in Zimbabwe are critical in order to bring to finality the political impasse. However, in the absence of credible electoral (legislative, institutional and political) reforms, elections are likely to result in gross human rights violations.
  • Economic, social and cultural rights — food assistance to poor communities should not be politicised, the government should improve health, especially access to ARVs and safe water to avoid recurrence of cholera and typhoid in urban areas.
  • Natural resources — there should be transparency and accountability in the generation and expenditure of funds from the exploitation of natural resources such as diamonds and proper relocation of displaced families in areas with health and educational facilities.
  • Media — that the government should open up the broadcasting industry to more independent players and repeal laws such as Posa and Aippa.
  • Women — that the government should take adequate steps to protect women from abuse during political processes such as elections time where numerous cases of rape, assaults, intimidation, arrests and unlawful detentions are being reported.
  • Vulnerable and marginalised groups — that the government should adequately protect the rights of children, the disabled and gays and lesbians, especially that the government is leading a constitution review process.

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