Right of Access to Information, A tool for environmental & socio-economic rights protection

By Nyasha Chishakwe | November 21st, 2014

The Constitution of Zimbabwe has been lauded for its progressive provisions particularly its recognition of socio-economic and environmental rights. Of particular importance is Section 62 (1) and (2) of the Constitution which for the first time, establishes the human right of access to information.

This provision does not only recognize every citizen’s right to access information; but goes further to ensure its protection and promotion in instances where such right enables citizens to enforce it:

  1. in the interests of public accountability and
  2. where it is necessary to exercise and protect other human rights.

While Zimbabwe has always had other laws providing for the right of access to information, citizens did not have constitutional ground to claim their rights.

The introduction of the right of access to information in the constitution is significant particularly in the Zimbabwean context where citizens have suffered numerous environmental and socio-economic challenges. Set in the city of Chitungwiza, South of Harare, Zimbabwe, this documentary demonstrates the link between the right of access to information and environmental and socio-economic rights.

It seeks to enhance the public's understanding on how access to information can be used to enforce other rights.

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