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Title:Constitutional Developments in Zimbabwe and Their Compatibility with International Human Rights
Author:Naldi, Gino J.
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:constitutional amendments
human rights
capital punishment
corporal punishment
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
Abstract:In December 1990 the Parliament of Zimbabwe passed the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 11) Bill, 1990, which at the time of writing had not yet been signed into law by the President. This Bill purports to bring about a number of changes to, inter alia, the Constitution's Declaration of Rights, and is a subject of considerable controversy. The provisions of the Bill that have caused particular concern are those which would reintroduce judicial corporal punishment for juveniles, establish hanging as a legal form of punishment, and prevent the courts from considering cases of unfair compensation for the expropriation of land. This article analyses the propriety of these provisions in the light of international human rights standards. It suggests that certain constitutional amendments (corporal punishment of juveniles, capital punishment) are inimical to human rights whereas other amendments are compatible with such rights. Notes, ref.