JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has revealed that officers of the Zimbabwe Republic Police are being retrained to ensure safety of the people and to respect and promote human rights.
Speaking during a symposium on human rights in Harare yesterday, Ziyambi said security sector reform was already in motion, but would not be an overnight event.
“I agree with you that the security sector reform is crucial in guaranteeing the safety of citizens and their enjoyment of human rights. It is a process in motion, but will take time to manifest,” he said.
He said human rights obligations of governments must follow the classical tripartite typology of States’ human rights obligations, namely — the duty to respect, the duty to protect and the duty to fulfil.
“The duty to respect means that Government and or its agencies must not violate human rights through their own actions. This requires Government to refrain from interfering with the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
“As regards the duty to protect, Government’s role is to ensure that third parties do not violate the rights and freedoms of the individual,” Minister Ziyambi said.
Minister Ziyambi said Government cannot succeed without everyone coming on board.
“Fellow countrymen, the principle of shared responsibility of different tiers of government for the protection and promotion of human rights has been on several occasions underlined by the United Nations human rights treaty bodies,” he said.
He said Government has faced many challenges in trying to fulfil its human rights mandate with the major one being inadequate funding for the human rights institutions.