Bulawayo – Gwanda Road Under Artisanal Mining Threat

Just 8km from Gwanda Town towards Bulawayo, omakorokoza are are carving in under the main tarred road creating a human rights and infrastructural risk. A Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) assessment of the area shows that omakorokoza have begun digging towards under the busy road and parts of the railway line is also being... Continue Reading →

MIHR Investigates Matobo Chinese Mine Human Rights Violations

Following the Newsday article of Thursday 08 July 2021 where some workers at Yakuts Mine in Matobo District are complaining of being treated like slaves – MIHR has undertaken to investigate the matter in order to protect human and environmental rights. Today MIHR met with the 5 affected workers to hear their story and also... Continue Reading →

Urban Water Disconnections Affects Rights of Women, Girls, Elderly and People with Disabilities

Citizens who attended the virtual MIHR WaterPoint Conversation this week have called on local authorities and government to find better ways of enforcing water bills payment than resorting to water disconnections as the practice violates fundamental human rights and freedoms o- especially of women, girls, the elderly and people with disabilities. This week’s virtual conversation... Continue Reading →


(Rights In Action 02 July 2021) Following the 2019 Zimbabwe Auditor General’s report on Local Authorities which showed that most local authorities in Zimbabwe lack capacity to adequately manage the environment in their jurisdictions owing to resource capacity constraints – Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) has written to the Minister of Environment, Climate Change,... Continue Reading →

Local Authorities’ Refuse Management Incapacity an Environmental and Human Rights Threat

The 2019 Auditor General’s 2019 Report shows that most local authorities in Zimbabwe are struggling with refuse management a situation which causes serious threat to the environment and human rights in the specific communities and the nation at large. Key environmental concerns noted by the Auditor General’s report include: Dumpsites/Landfill sites Masvingo City Council’s Victoria... Continue Reading →

Rights In Action Weekly Update 18 June 2021

MIHR PETITIONS PARLY ON E-WASTE POLICY On 15 June 2021 the Speaker of Parliament announced to the House that they have received a petition from Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) calling for Parliament to exercise its Constitutional mandate by enacting a National E-Waste Policy. The petition was referred to the Portfolio Committee on Environment,... Continue Reading →


(Issue Date: 04 June 2021) Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights joins the progressive world in commemorating the year 2021 World Environment Day which runs under the theme “Ecosystem Restoration”. The organization also applauds the United Nations for declaring the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021 – 2030). Noting that economic activities that include mining, timber logging,... Continue Reading →

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