By Anna Chibamu
THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) has applauded Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for the successful completion of the Inquiry on Access to Documentation in Zimbabwe and subsequent launch of the report last Thursday in Harare.
ZimRights said the report will go a long way to inform the government in addressing challenges Zimbabweans face in accessing identity papers.
The report revealed Manicaland province had the highest number of people without documentation and in some cases birth certificates.
The national inquiry was conducted to find challenges Zimbabweans face in accessing birth certificates, national identity cards, passports, citizenship, and death certificates. It is Zimbabwe’s first national inquiry in the quest to address the impact of systematic violations of human rights.
“Access to national documentation is at the core of the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. ZimRights welcomes the report and shares the same observation with the ZHRC that only when Zimbabwe uses a human rights-based approach to providing the national documents can the crisis be solved,” reads part of the statement issued by the human rights lobby organisation.