Expectations from The NTJWG

What Must Be Expected from the NTJWG?

Addressing press conference on 24 September 2015, the NTJWG Chairperson Mr. Alec Muchadehama said the following;

a) For the stakeholders, the NTJWG is home (inclusive space) for the coordination, sharing of experiences and building of synergies for comprehensive, accountable, victim-centred and participatory transitional justice processes. We will be calling on you along all the transitional justice thematic areas so that we can build a strong and united transitional justice front for the attainment of justice and accountability for all Zimbabweans.

b) For the Government of Zimbabwe, we will be constructive partners, presenting ourselves and our constituency as willing co-builders of institutions and a culture that promotes justice for all. In a keynote address delivered by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Prof Pablo de Greif, at the Second International Conference on Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe, emphasized that Commissions do not start work from scratch but build on the work that would have been done by civil society over the years. We will supply any resources within our capacity on demand and share what the official transitional justice processes may require. We are not enemies of the state, but together with many state actors, we are partners for justice in accordance with the founding values and principles outlined in section 3 of Zimbabwe’s new constitution. In this partnership, we will play our part as stakeholders, providing information where required, pointing out weaknesses where there are any and insisting that the needs of the victims of past and present violations be prioritized.

c) For the general public, we are open for dialogue and engagement on the way forward for our country to ensure that we together build a peaceful, just, accountable and democratic society.

d) For the future and the past, we will adopt an inclusive approach to human rights violations and their redress. No victim from any period in Zimbabwe’s history is more important than another, and only a non-partisan approach to the past will free us of the terrible legacies of violence.