Gabriel Shumba is an alumnus of the Centre for Human Rights, who was tortured by agents of the Zimbabwean government for supporting the opposition in that country. In 2013, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) found the government of Zimbabwe in violation of the African Charter and directed the government to carry out an investigation of the individuals responsible for the torture and recommended that they pay adequate compensation to Gabriel Shumba. 

Up until now, the recommendations of the African Commission were received with impunity and not one single recommendation has been implemented. Students on the Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation programme’s Human Rights Implementation Clinic have therefore embarked on an advocacy campaign:
  • calling on the government of Zimbabwe to implement the decision of the African Commission and
  • requesting that the African Commission itself takes necessary steps that will ensure its decisions are respected and implemented.
This video forms part of other efforts by the Centre’s Human Rights Implementation Unit aimed at applying pressure on African governments to comply with the decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

For more information, please contact:
Victor Ayeni
Research Associate (Human Rights Law Implementation Project) 
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 5408


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