The ZPP is a human rights organisation that monitors and documents politically motivated human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
The ZPP is a human rights organisation that monitors and documents politically motivated human rights violations in Zimbabwe. It was established in 2000 by a group of non-governmental and church organisations. These included the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), Zimbabwe Council of Churches, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS), Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Civic Education Network Trust (CIVNET), Counselling Services Unit (CSU) and Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP). Today the number of affiliate organisations has grown to include three more while NOVASC and ZLP are no longer affiliated to ZPP.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project carries out activities to raise awareness of human rights in Zimbabwe. Image credit: ZPP
ZPP envisions a Zimbabwe where there is peace, justice, dignity and development for all. Its mission is to work for sustainable peace through monitoring, documentation, advocacy and community peace building interventions alongside its members and partners. ZPP lists its core values as:
- Respect for human and women’s rights
- Respect and tolerance for diversity
- Justice and public accountability
- Commitment to the vulnerable and marginalised
Among its strategic objectives is the quest to position itself as the leading organisation in quantitative and qualitative trends and patterns on systematic human rights violations in Zimbabwe. It also aims to be part of a coalition that shares learning experiences and expertise with like-minded local, regional and international organisations. Over the years, ZPP has produced timely national monthly monitoring reports on violence and human rights abuses which have been circulated to more than 3 000 stakeholders. The demand for these reports has continued to grow with the reports now being packaged to meet the various demands of various recipients, who include academics, researchers, writers, politicians and casual readers. The organisation has been a referral centre for many victims of human rights abuses in the country, and to this end, its director and staff have been arrested, abducted and imprisoned countless times. ZPP uses a unique system to monitor and document politically motivated human rights abuses. With the assistance of its cooperating partners ZPP works with community based monitors who live in the constituencies for which they monitor and document. ZPP has deployed two monitors in each of the 210 electoral constituencies in Zimbabwe.