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‘Zim ups human rights recognition’

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THERE has been fundamental progress in the advancement of women’s rights, the protection and promotion of the rights of marginalised groups in the country in the past 20 years, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has said.

MTHANDAZO NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world on December 10 to commemorate International Human Rights Day under the theme “20 years: Working for your rights”.

In a statement, the UN noted with enthusiasm that there was great improvement on issues to do with human Rights.

“In the past 20 years, there has been fundamental progress in the advancement of women’s rights, the development of international law to achieve accountability for human rights abuses, the protection and promotion of the rights of marginalised groups and a much greater understanding of the universality, interconnectedness and indivisibility of human rights,” the UN said in a statement.

In his message on Human Rights Day, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the late former South African President Nelson Mandela was the symbol of human rights.

“I pay tribute to one of the great symbols of human rights of our time, Mandela, whose passing has plunged the world into sorrow, but whose lifelong commitment to human dignity, equality, justice and compassion will forever remain an inspiration as we continue to build a world of human rights for all,” he said.

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