Govt skirts health, water crisis at UN meeting

HARARE - Government did not fully address basic human rights of access to health and water at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Zimbabwe at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The two are fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Lloyd Kuveya said government undermined the critical issues in their report.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa led a large delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, including not only members of the executive but also from the judiciary and pro-government NGOs to the UNHRC, which is supposed to be the most prestigious panel in the UN system designed to examine global human rights. Kuveya accused the government delegation of not portraying the clear picture of the Zimbabwean situation on water and health despite the sectors being in dire straits.

Kuveya said: “We noted that there were certain issues that did not reflect the situation on the ground, access to water. Government did not paint a true picture of what is on the ground because we know that many people do not have access to water.

“It is a right that is guaranteed in the Constitution and is also an economic, social and cultural right.

“Access to health was not fully reflected because government did not portray the damning situation in our country.

“They prefaced that situation by saying that they have been unable to realise their rights because of the drought and sanctions. That was their excuse on their failure to fulfil such rights.”

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