Kenyan lawyer headlines human rights conference

TOP Kenyan human rights lawyer and opposition politician Otiende Amollo is today set to headline a national conference on human rights and access to justice that will run for two days in Harare.

BY STAFF REPORTER

Organised by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), the conference brings together State and non-State actors to explore ways in which key human rights and access to justice concerns could be addressed.

According to a statement issued by LRF, Amollo, a key member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition led by Raila Odinga and was one of the main actors in the election petition in Kenya against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be among the guest speakers at the conference together with Justice Charles Mkandawire, who is president of the Commonwealth Judges and Magistrates Association and judge of the High Court in Malawi.

“The conference will give delegates a platform to discuss key human rights issues which Zimbabwe needs to look into in the next five years in relation to access to justice, gender, corruption and peace and reconciliation,” the statement read.

At least 200 delegates from the civil society, government institutions, and members of the diplomatic corps, independent commissions, academia and other important groupings are set to gather and tackle the issue of human rights and access to justice.

LRF director Lucia Masuka-Zanhi said discussions would focus on key human rights issues confronting Zimbabwe and strategies to address them.

She said the conference would create a platform for civic society organisations and State institutions to explore opportunities for collaboration in advancing human rights in Zimbabwe.

LRF was established in 1984 and its mission is to improve access to justice and promote human rights in Zimbabwe.

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