Publications

Our publications cover the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and represent a unique resource for governments, NGOs, journalists, academics and human rights activists. Regularly featured in the global media, they offer a compelling analysis of the human rights developments that is based original research.

Our current publications – including reports from our members – cover a wide spectrum of human rights and can be accessed below.

Our monthly human rights bulletin has been published since the Forum’s foundation, with some interruptions, and spans over 80 issues. We also published more than 90 monthly political violence reports, but please note that this series was discontinued in 2009. Other reports covering political violence can be accessed here. Recently, we began a new series of biannual human rights reports.

Please note that many of our publications do not fall in any of these categories, hence they can best be accessed in the complete publications archive, where an advanced search is available to filter them quickly and conveniently by theme and source.

We also plan to gather all key documents on human rights in Zimbabwe (e.g. national legislation, UPR reports, decisions of the African Commission on Zimbabwe), to be published soon.

Our most recent publications

  • Justice Under Siege The promises of the new dispensation have disintegrated. From the hope and optimism that characterised the November 2017 transition from the de facto one-man rule under Robert Mugabe, many Zimbabweans are now left with a lasting sense of despair and hopelessness. It appears the justice delivery system has been weaponised against government critics, and due ...
  • Launch of “Hear them Cry”: An Analysis of State Violence Against Children During the January 2019 Protests. The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum compiled a report analysing state violence against children during the January 2019 protests titled – Hear them Cry. Representatives from various organisations which interact with children’s rights came to the launch and joined in the commemorations on the Universal Children’s Day which coincided with the launch of the Report. ...
  • DOWNLOADABLE: July Human Rights Newsletter 2019 We start off by looking at the cocktail of controversial legal instruments which were gazetted in July 2019. First in line is the Freedom of Information Bill which is one of the 3 proposed pieces of legislation to replace the much-criticised Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). The ...
  • DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Human Rights June Newsletter 2019 Welcome. We are excited to be re-launching our monthly human rights newsletter for all people who care about the human rights developments in the country. We hope through this newsletter, we will keep you informed about how we are working for the realisation and enjoyment of the rights of the Zimbabwean people. In this edition, ...
  • Downloadable PDF – ANTI IMPUNITY ALERT: Delays in honouring judgements – Justice Delayed is Justice Denied NGO FORUM 20X7
  • BUSINESS WITHOUT CONCIENCE: Human Rights Principles and Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement Press Release “Zimbabwe is open for business.” These words by President Emmerson Mnangagwa have become a hymn for the new administration in Zimbabwe following the eventful departure of Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler Robert Mugabe. The words emphasize the new administration’s determination to end Zimbabwe’s isolation from the international community. This message has been constant from day one ...
  • An Analysis of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, 2019 A position paper by Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum To the Parliament of Zimbabwe June 2019 …protests and mass demonstrations remain one of the most vivid ways of the public coming together to express an opinion in support of or in opposition to a position… Long after the demonstrations, and long after the faces of the demonstrators are ...
  • Anti Impunity Update – 30 June 2019 In this edition of the anti-impunity update, we will focus on why Zimbabwe must ratify and domesticate the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). On 26 June 2019, we joined the world in commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The ...
  • On the Days of Darkness in Zimbabwe An Updated Report on the Human Rights Violations Committed Between 14 January, 2019 to 5 February, 2019 On 12 January, 2019, President Mnangagwa announced during a press conference that the fuel prices would increase to $3.11 per litre for diesel and $3.31 per litre for petrol due to the increased demand for fuel, and illegal black ...
  • Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights under Agenda Item 4e (24 October-13 November 2018) Statement on the Overall Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe Honorable Chairperson, Commissioners, the Secretary of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Heads of Government; civil society representatives; invited guests, ladies and gentlemen. All protocol ...

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