Zimbabwe - Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights - Suggested List of Issues - Death penalty - August 2023
Document: Zimbabwe DP CESCR FINAL revised.pdf (PDF 369.9 KB)
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Death Penalty
Mechanism: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Report Type: List of Issues
Zimbabwe fails to meet
its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights. In the absence of formal abolition of the death penalty, the
newly adopted Criminal Law Codification and Reform Amendment Act, also known as
the "Patriotic Bill," creates an imminent risk of criminalizing human rights
defenders and subjecting them to the death penalty. The lack of free and safe conditions
to defend rights directly impacts the enjoyment of economic, social, and
cultural rights of Zimbabweans and the fulfillment of Zimbabwe's obligations
under the Covenant.
Zimbabweans who are sentenced to death and have a inadequate access to medication and hygiene products, and insufficient warm clothing and blankets. Detention facilities in Zimbabwe also face systemic overcrowding.