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Deputy Chief Justice, Judicial Service Commission, Justice Luke Malaba
The Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Councillor Martin Moyo
The Provincial Affairs Minister for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Honourable Eunice Nomuthandazo Moyo
Honourable Government Ministers
Honourable Members of Parliament
Members of the Judiciary

Chairperson, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Commissioner E. H. Mugwadi
Deputy Chairperson, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Dr E. Sithole
Zimbabwe Human Rights Commissioners
Commissioners of Sister Commissions
Ladies and Gentlemen
Vice Chancellors of Universities
Development and Donor Partners
Ward Councillors
Directors and Officers of Government Line Ministries
Directors and Staff of Civil Society and Faith Based Organisations
Directors and staff from the Private Sector
Members of the Media fraternity
Artist Groups here present
Fellow members of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Secretariat

On behalf of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), I feel greatly honoured to welcome you all to the International Human Rights Day Commemorations for 2014. I extend a special welcome to those of you who managed to do the two and half kilometer march for human rights. This year’s theme for International Human Rights Day is “Human Rights 365”.
On behalf of the ZHRC I feel a great sense of achievement that the Commission has been able to organize this event in Bulawayo. The objectives of these celebrations are to:

  • Raise people’s awareness of the importance of International Human Rights Day and the relevance of this year’s theme “Human Rights 365”.
  • Raise people’s awareness on the mandate and work of the ZHRC as enshrined in the Constitution and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Act Chapter 10:30.
  • Raise awareness of human rights and fundamental freedoms through information dissemination to all levels of society.
  • Raise awareness of the UDHR as an International Human Rights Instrument, the Constitution of Zimbabwe and national laws that protect and promote human rights.
  • Strengthen our networks as partners and stakeholders in the promotion, protection, and enforcement of human rights.

It is my most sincere hope that as the events of the day unfold, we will be able to achieve all these objectives. I feel humbled that in organizing these Commemorations the Commission has been able to partner with and bring together multi-sectoral stakeholders from Government, Civil Society Organizations, other Independent Commissions, Development Partners, Funding Partners, Business Sector and Faith Based Organizations to mention a few. As a Commission, we greatly appreciate your support.

It is our wish that activities happening today will give us all an opportunity to show case our different organizations, our products and services, for the purpose of promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Furthermore, such collaborative efforts in commemorating the International Human Rights Day enables sharing of information, resources and joint action to achieve the common goal of the effective realization of human rights by all in Zimbabwe.

Above all, we hope that the activities lined up today, will go a long way to raise awareness of fundamental human rights and freedoms spelt out in International, Regional and National laws. This, we are doing through a variety of media, the march we have just undertaken, the exhibitions which will continue after this main ceremony, drama, poetry, song and dance, to mention some of the activities lined up on the programme, in addition to the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as banners, pamphlets, t – shirts which some of you are wearing, fliers and publications.

Our theme for this year, “Human Rights 365” encompasses the idea that every day is human rights day. Thus, as we commemorate this event, it is imperative that we start to strategize for many more such collaborative platforms to enhance the protection, promotion, and enforcement of human rights in our country throughout the year next year, 2015 and beyond.

With these few words, I would like to wish you all a pleasant day.

I Thank You.

Welcome Remarks by the Executive Secretary for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission: Ms. Jester Charewa at the International Human Rights Day Commemorations – Amphi Theatre, Bulawayo – 10 December, 2014.