- 02 sep 2019
NTJWG Report on the Establishment of Provincial Peace Committees by the NPRC
The NPRC Embarks on Establishing Provincial Peace CommitteesRead more
On 29 May, 2019 the NPRC announced that it will be devolving its operations to Provinces by establishing Provincial Peace Committees beginning 31 May, 2019 ending on 2 July 2019. The NPRC announced that the Provincial Peace Committees will be mandated to solve conflicts in their areas because a “one-size-fits all” approach has proved impractical.
- 02 sep 2019
NTJWG Report on the NPRC Outreach Programme
The NTJWG welcomed the announcement by the NPRC to engage communities for the second time since February, 2018 and followed closely the Commission’s meetings rolled-out from 15 April to 7 July, 2019. It is important for the Commission extract information and also share with stakeholders its plan of activities towards the fulfilment of its mandate and implementation of its strategy.Read more
- 30 aug 2019
Survivors’ Training of Trainers on the Training and Participants’ Manual Activity Report
On 5 January, 2018 the Government of Zimbabwe gazetted the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act), operationalising the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). Following the operationalization, the NPRC convened consultative meetings across the country with survivors on key issues pertinent for the NPRC to cover. The NTJWG has continuously monitored the work of the NPRC since January 2018. Following the need to develop a kit for survivors to get involved in the work of the NPRC, the NTJWG developed survivors’ and participants’ training manual for survivors to raise awareness about the work of the NPRC in their communities.Read more
- 29 aug 2019
Key Outcomes of the 2019 NTJWG Conference held on 29 August 2019 at Cresta Lodge, Harare.
On 29 August, 2019 the NTJWG hosted a Stakeholders’ Conference which was attended by seventy-one participants from the civil society and church leaders who formed the NTJWG and participate in its activities. Issues such as the strategy, vacant positions and representation of survivors in the Working Group were discussed. Below, are the main outcomes of the conference.Read more
- 28 aug 2019
2nd Quarterly Meeting of the NTJWG
Every quarter, the NTJWG convenes to deliberate on the activities implemented in the previous quarter and map the way forward for the next quarter. In this regard, the NTJWG meets again on 28 August, 2019 to reflect on the issues arising and also plan for the 3rd quarter of 2019.
- 31 mar 2019
Introducing the Code of Inclusion…
As the Nation Gears for a Difficult Conversation on the PastRead more
The Code of Inclusion: Guiding Principles on Inclusive Public Consultation and Participation in Transitional Justice Processes in Zimbabwe
The Code of Inclusion is an answer to the questions that we have been grappling with for the past 5 years as a working group, but maybe for much longer for victims of past violence.
Upon the establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), 36 organisations met on 7 March 2018 at the ‘NPRC Whats Next Conference’ and asked some critical questions about the upcoming work of the NPRC.
- 31 aug 2018
Response to the Appointment of the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence in Zimbabwe
On 26 August 2018, President-Elect E.D Mnangagwa was inaugurated into office as the Second Executive President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. This followed the declaration by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe that E. D. Mnangagwa was duly elected on 30 July 2018. The 2018 harmonised elections were followed by post-election violence in which over 200 human rights violations were documented in the course of two weeks. The violations included the extra-judicial killing of 7 civilians who were shot by the military forces on 1 August 2018 following their deployment in unclear circumstances.Read more
- 01 aug 2018
Analysis of the Commission of Inquiry
On 1 August 2018, following post-election protests against Zimbabwe's election management body, the military opened live ammunition on unarmed civilians killing 6 people and injuring many. In response to international pressure and civil society condemnation, Emmerson Mnangagwa immediately appointed a 7 member investigative Commission of Inquiry led by former South African President Kgalema Montlanthe. In this Programme, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Executive Director Roselyn Hanzi, and National Transitional Justice Working Group Coordinator Dzikamai Bere talk about the Commission and Zimbabwe's major transitional justice questions.Find Out More
- 24 mar 2018
Zimbabwe’s Legacy of Unspoken Truths
Press Release on the International Day of TruthRead more
The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning gross human rights violations and the dignity of victims.
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. This is a tribute to the legacy and memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated on March 24, 1980. Archbishop Romero was assassinated for speaking out against the increasingly savage nature of government repression of marginalized peasants in El Salvador and called upon the state to end the violence against the voiceless and vulnerable in the society.
- 08 Jan 2018
NTJWG Welcomes the NPRC Act
The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) welcomes the gazetting of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act (NPRC Act) on 5 January 2018. The NPRC is one of the five independent Commissions established by the Constitution in 2013, but its operations had been paralysed by the absence of an enabling law.Read more
- 18 Jan 2018
Defining the Path to Healing
Statement on the Comments by Vice President Kembo Mohadi Regarding the Role of Traditional Leaders in National Healing ProcessRead more
On 16 January 2018, the media reported that Vice President Kembo Mohadi made remarks that insinuated that the government would approach traditional leaders to help deal with the Gukurahundi issue. It is reported that the Vice President said that traditional leaders would help in spearheading healing.
"It is in our interest to forgive each other and move forward although some will not find it easy," the Vice President is reported to have said.
- 10 Oct 2017
NPRC Guide Launched
Zimbabweans have been urged to give the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) a chance as it prepares to start its work.Read more
This was said by Alec Muchadehama, Chairperson of the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) in his message at the launch of the group’s latest publication, The Guide to Understanding the NPRC.
In a press release issued on 10 October 2017, NTJWG Chairperson Muchadehama said that the main goal of the Guide is to ensure that citizens have access to’ relevant, complete, timely, and understandable information’ about the Zimbabwe’s long awaited Peace Commission.
- 21 Sep 2017
On The International Day Of Peace: Standing Together For Peace In Zimbabwe And The World
The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) joins the people of Zimbabwe and indeed the whole world in commemorating the United Nations International Day of Peace. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”Read more
The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the member states, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership for peace.
- 03 April 2017
Parliament, Civil Society Reflect on the NPRC Bill
Legislators from the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security, Thematic Committee on Human Rights and the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs converged in the capital on Monday April 3 2017 to reflect on the fate of the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill (NPRC Bill) following the conclusion of the public hearings.Read more
At a reflective workshop convened by the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) and the National Transitional Justice Working Group in Zimbabwe (NTJWG), legislators from the three committees reported that while the Bill fell below the minimum demands by members of the public, they need to find ways to effect the suggestions by the public to make sure that the Bill can withstand scrutiny.
- Defining the Pathway for Peace in Zimbabwe
- Remembering Zimbabwe’s torture victims and the role of the Zimbabwe NPRC
- Transitional Justice Without Political Trasition in Zimbabwe: Why Not?
- Why Should Survivors Care About the NPRC?
- Memory and Zimbabwe’s Reconciliation Pilgrimage
- The NPRC Bill: Incompetence or Cynicism?
- Zimbabwe: Past Atrocities - Why Open the Pandora's Box?
- Peace and Reconciliation! ... but what about Healing?
- NTJWG Shreds NPRC Bill
- A Reconciliation Commission
- NPRC: What Stands in the Way
- The Peace Commission: Our Right and Our Duty
- Justice, Transition or Otherwise: Whither Zimbabwe?