Background information about Zimbabwe:

Universal Periodic Review

Zimbabwe was examined under the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism during the 12th session of the UPR Working Group on 3-14 October 2011 in Geneva.

Treaty Bodies

Zimbabwe's ratification of International Human Rights Treaties CHART



Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Zimbabwe was examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) - which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - at its 51st session, 13 February - 2 March 2012, in New York.

Special Procedures

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture denied entry to Zimbabwe; see press release, 29 October 2009

The Government of Zimbabwe has never allowed a visit by the UN Special Procedures since independence in 1980.

The Mandates below have submitted requests to the Government of Zimbabwe but none has been allowed to visit.

  1. (R in 2002) SR on independence of judges and lawyers
  2. (R in 2002) SRSG on the situation of human rights defenders
  3. (R in 2003) SR on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  4. (R in 2005, 2007) SR torture
  5. (R in 2006) SR on the right to food
  6. (R in 2007) WG on the use of mercenaries
  7. (R in 2005) SR on adequate housing
  8. (R in 2008) SR on human rights defenders

The Government of Zimbabwe sent unsolicited requests to the Mandates on Freedom of religion, Right to education and Violence against women on July 27, 2006. The SR Violence against Women's visit was however postponed in August 2007 on Government's request.

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