The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum is a coalition of twenty human rights organisations that was formed in 1998 as a mechanism to react to the many human rights violations that arose from the food riots. The coalition over the years has become a strong network with organisations working in different human rights fields all with the aim of promoting the human rights agenda in Zimbabwe.
The vision of the Forum is pursued through three integrated pillars of human rights advocacy namely, research and documentation, public interest litigation and transitional justice. Over the years extensive research and documentation has been carried out on key thematic human rights issues, publishing of human rights violations, and production of tool for human rights education and advocacy that empower citizens with knowledge. Over the past two decades, over 240 reports have been published, over 160 human rights bulletins have been published on various human rights themes with an average circulation of 5 000 copies every month and 6 000 downloads from our website.
The Forum has also managed to reach out to marginalized communities through mobile legal clinics, pushed for reform of institutions and worked towards strong regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights. Realizing that Zimbabwe’s legacy of violence goes beyond the daily violations but goes to the roots that hold the pillars of social trust, in 2008 the Forum launched the transitional justice advocacy programme to motivate for more comprehensive redress of the root causes of violence. Through this programme, the Forum has mobilized citizens to demand transitional justice. The initiative managed to reach out to over 3189 households in the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe, opened dialogue with over 68 stakeholder organisations who went on to campaign for the establishment of independent commissions that support democracy through the constitutional reform process.