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Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Harare, Zimbabwe
Joined August 2015
Presence in: Zimbabwe
Focus: Governance, Accountability & Transparency

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is a not for profit human rights organization whose core objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as to encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of Zimbabwean society through observance of the rule of law. ZLHR is committed to upholding respect for the rule of law and the unimpeded administration of justice, free and fair elections, the free flow of information and the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region. It keeps these values central in its programming activities.
ZLHR is a national membership organization consisting of around 170 lawyers and law students, who voluntarily associate, pay a membership fee and carry out human rights promotion and protection activities due to their interest in human rights and the rule of law. A Secretariat of 36 people, 14 of whom are lawyers, are employed full time to implement the organization’s objectives and the policy decisions of a Board of 11 members elected by, and reporting to, the general membership at an Annual General Meeting. ZLHR holds Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), forms the Secretariat of the Human Rights Committee of the SADC Lawyers Association, and has affiliate status with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

People Associated With This Organization

Bellinda Chinowawa

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined March 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Women's Rights
Bellinda Chinowawa is a Senior Projects Lawyer with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, and has a wealth of experience in human rights litigation through the filing of cases in the superior courts of Zimbabwe, and before the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. She has a keen interest in corporate accountability for human rights violations and harnessing the power of the law to effect social change.

Bellinda is a member of the Pan African Lawyers Union, and the Union International Des Avocats.

Henri Paul Ingabire

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined May 2017
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
a legal practitioner conveyancer and notary public . I hold an LLB Hons from the University of Zimbabwe and a masters degree in Humaan rights from Africa university . i have expertise in human rights law specialising in migration and refugee law .

Maureen Sibanda Shonge

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
Joined August 2015
Maureen Sibanda Shonge holds a Bachelor of Law Honors Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Women’s law from the same university. She has 9 years of extensive work experience in civil society work. Much of the pragmatic experience she has gained has been in working in various diverse and multi-cultural environments. Her skills range from strategy development; programme/project development and management including monitoring and evaluation; policy related work; organizational and financial management including resource mobilization and excellent writing skills. She has expertise in legislative processes and parliamentary reforms; working with government on implementing policies and integrating civil society perspectives in governmental processes, gender and women’s rights. She is an excellent facilitator with the ability to identify key issues for debate. Maureen can organise high level workshops, events and round tables with ease. She played an instrumental role in organising to SADC Symposiums in 2012 and 2013 which culminated in the production of SADC guidelines for judges and prosecutors. A good communicator with ability to develop communication and advocacy tools for partners. From the year 2008-2011 she worked as a researcher at the Research and Advocacy Unit. From 2011 up to date she has worked as a Project Lawyer for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Maureen has also worked on a diverse number of consultancy projects and has been an expert facilitator in many workshops. She is a member of Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association and the Law Society of Zimbabwe

Sammantha Gcinekile Ndlovu

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Sam who is registered in legal documentation as Sammantha Gcinekile Ndlovu is a Trans man who holds a BA in Communication Science, from the University of South Africa and is a Programs Officer for the Sexual Rights Center (SRC), in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Sam’s work with SRC, involves using participatory and innovative methodologies in advocacy and also training other organizations, health care practitioners, media personnel and religious leaders on the rights of LGBT persons and sex workers in the country. He works with the paralegal department on support of LGBTI persons and sex workers who have experienced human right violations and documents these on a secure database used to inform advocacy at local, regional and international platforms.He also has Research experience in conducting ethical research with sex workers, LB women, and GB men. He Coordinated the first joint TDOR commemorations under SRC with TREAT, Transmart and other Trans* individuals in 2016 in Zimbabwe.

Stanford Chagadama

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined November 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
I am a lawyer and i am a PHd student at North West University, South Africa.
Maureen Sibanda Shonge is the network champion (main point of contact) for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

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