n Law, Democracy & Development - The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission : prospects and challenges for the protection of human rights

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Many international human rights instruments require States to introduce domestic measures in their territories to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. This may be mainly attributed to the fact that States are generally held accountable or regarded as being responsible when international human rights obligations are not observed or given effect to. To achieve effective domestic protection of human rights it is important that the introduction of pro-human rights laws is accompanied by a network of complementary norms and mechanisms to co-ordinate or supervise the implementation of such laws. In order to ensure the domestic protection of human rights, the Constitution of Zimbabwe establishes the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). In accordance with the Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles), the Constitution mandates the ZHRC with a primary role of promoting and protecting human rights at all levels of society. The aim of this article is to look at the prospects of and challenges to the ZHRC in its quest to promote and protect human rights.

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