UNIC mounted an exhibition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in various languages as Zimbabwe held activities to commemorate Human Rights Day and to officially mark the beginning of a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. Activities held on 8 December included an awareness raising procession from Gwanzura Stadium to Takashinga Cricket Grounds which was the event venue, edutainment on human rights by various groups and popular singer Sulumani Chimbetu.
This year’s theme was Stand Up for Human Rights. Speaking at this occasion, Elasto Mugwadi, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Chairperson said the need to protect and promote human rights today are higher than ever before. He said ZHRC has handled over 1489 cases of human rights violations since 2014 when the ZHRC was formed. He urged the new political leaders to respect human rights and to eliminate discriminatory laws. Speaking at the same occasion, UNDP Country Director, Georges van Montfort said human rights have been pillars of the UN along with peace and development. He urged the Government of Zimbabwe to ratify outstanding conventions. Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi urged development partners to enhance the support they are giving to commissions. He expressed the government’s commitment to ensuring that all Zimbabwean have equal access to human rights. Over 500 people attended the event.