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Article

1 May 2014

Author:
Veneranda Langa, NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

'Judiciary, police, not enforcing environmental rights' [Zimbabwe]

Environmental lobby groups have accused the judiciary and law enforcement agents of having a low appreciation of environmental human rights violations, hence delays in prosecuting related matters. Mutuso Dhliwayo, director for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (Zela)…said there was need for capacity building of the judiciary and law enforcement agents to enable them to investigate and adjudicate environmental human rights abuses caused by business and mining companies during their operations. Dhliwayo said this during a capacity building workshop [in Harare] for Parliamentarians and other stakeholders on [the] United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…Dhliwayo said human rights violations by businesses included pollution of water sources, land degradation, deforestation, dumping of toxic waste, non-provision of protective clothing and others…