Zimbabwe has agreed to implement 130 out of 177 human rights recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Justice and Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament yesterday.
Chinamasa told the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Human Rights chaired by Zaka MP Misheck Marava that the norm in the UN Human Rights Council was that each member countrys human rights records were assessed every 10 years and Zimbabwes turn was in October last year where those 177 recommendations were made.
The committee had summoned Chinamasa to explain why thousands of human rights protocols that had been signed by Zimbabwe had not been domesticated and made into law.
My ministry is in the process of conducting a study to see what instruments have been signed but have not been ratified by Parliament, but it is going to be a mammoth task because the records are in shambles, said Chinamasa.
I have been able to find resources to appoint consultants to take each human rights instrument case to see if the instrument could have been domesticated and identify the gaps in the law.
Chinamasa said of the 177 human rights recommendations by the United Nations, Zimbabwe was given a period of four years to implement them.
Marava said it was worrying that the country was going towards elections and yet the African Charter on Democratic Elections and Governance had not been ratified.
With respect to elections, Zimbabwe has complied with Sadc guidelines and we are the only country in Sadc which domesticated them. Parliament is also looking at amending electoral laws and I think we have captured all international needs, Chinamasa said.
The Zanu PF non-constituency senator accused the MDC-T of being insincere and of reneging on agreements by negotiators in the GPA with regard to the Human Rights Commission Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill.