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The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is a national human rights institution which was established under section 242 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. It is an independent Commission whose main mandate is to protect, promote and enforce human rights.

Background to the establishment of the Commission

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) was created by the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which was signed by the three major political actors (ZANU PF and two MDC formations) in this country in 2008 and was given effect by Constitution Amendment 19 and specifically section 100R of the former Constitution. It is now established by the current Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013, Chapter 12, commonly referred to as “Independent Commissions supporting democracy” and sections 242-244 of the same. It is operationalised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Act Chapter 10:30 which was promulgated on the 12th of October, 2012.


The first Commissioners were sworn into office on the 31st of March, 2010.


A Zimbabwean society where human rights and administrative justice are fully enjoyed by everyone.


To be an effective, fearless, and independent national human rights institution for the advancement of human rights, that is committed to the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights and administrative justice in accordance with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and International Human Rights Standards.


  • Fearlessness
  • Accessibility
  • Independence
  • Responsiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity