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12 May 2014

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association & Centre for Research & Development

Zimbabwe NGOs statement on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

...Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) and...Center for Research and Development (CRD), call on the Government of Zimbabwe and mining companies operating in Zimbabwe to adopt and endorse the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)...to identify, prevent and redress human rights abuses committed by business...operations...According to the framework, states must protect their citizens from company human rights abuses. Businesses should respect human rights...[and] a[]ll victims of human rights abuses by companies must have access to an effective remedy...[T]he UNGPs...are particularly relevant to Zimbabwe’s mining sector...[which] has been plagued by allegations of gross human rights abuses of communities and mine workers...Violations...include...civil, political, environmental, economic, social and cultural rights...unsafe working conditions and low wages...It is against this background that ZELA is implementing a project...on the UNGPs with active support from CRD...implemented in partnership with Social Accountability International (SAI) and Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)...