Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) by Freemuse and Nhimbe – two civil society organisations defending artistic freedom in Zimbabwe and globally.

COPENHAGEN/BULAWAYO, 31 MARCH 2016 | Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of artistic expression. However, several laws significantly limit artistic freedom, and practices of the police and government agencies create an environment of fear and self-censorship.

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The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC Bill) gazetted on 18th December, 2015, is unconstitutional as it violates several provisions of the Constitution.
It is noted that the NPRC bill states that the NPRC is accountable to the Executive being the Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation whilst the Constitution

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The place of ‘culture’ in the ‘zero draft’ of the SDGs

On 2 June 2014 the proposed goals and targets for the Sustainable Development Goals were released. While the document, ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda’, includes some references to ‘culture’, Nhimbe Trust in its role as Convener of the NANGO Western Region Culture Cluster, is still keen to see greater and more precise recognition of culture’s role as a driver and enabler of sustainable development in the final document.

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Elton Sibanda, a 2014 School Playwrights and Actors Academy (SPAA) graduate, won the best director award for his play, Burning Ulcer, at the just ended Intwasa Arts Festival’s Plan High Schools Drama Competition.

Awards for Burning Ulcer at Intwasa also include best production, best male cameo role and best actor. It was a humbling victory because the competition was stiff.

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