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To ensure that Zimbabwe provides the best possible business, regulatory, technical and fiscal infrastructure to enable Zimbabwe’s creative businesses to flourish commercially and to increase overseas investment and trade in Zimbabwe’s creative industries.

Nyembezi to premiere at the Bulawayo Theatre

Nhimbe supported production Nyembezi will premiere at the Bulawayo Theatre on the 22nd of April at 6:30pm at an entry fee of $3. The play is a one woman play which features Sarah Mpofu - Sibanda and is written and directed by Lewis Ndlovu There is a disturbing culture of silence that has resulted in many cases of Women and Child abuse going on unreported at a time when such incidences are on the increase. Organisations dealing with child abuse in Zimbabwe say most of the victims suffer in silence as they are indimidated by the perpetrator who are usually close relatives and guardians when the majority of cases come to light after a long period resulting to most of the victims being abused several times. There is so much ingnorance on the Rights of Women and Children and this, calls for awareness campaigns. The war agaist child abuse should not be left to Organisations that deal with the abused children but should involve all communities. Nyembezi is a story of a young girl (Nyembezi) who suffers sexual abuse in the hand of her father. When her mother learns about this she collapses and dies. Nyembezi runs away from the village soon after she gives birth to a baby boy. She runs away to the city, a city she doesnt know anything about. In the picture comes Lungisani Thole whom she falls in love with. The zeneth of the story is when she discovers that Lungisani is actually her son.
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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.“Zimbabwe is failing to protect artistic freedom as guaranteed in the Constitution and by its international human rights obligations,” said Freemuse Executive Director, Ole Reitov.“Artists play a crucial role in expressing the joys and frustrations of any society. Zimbabwe must repeal laws that limit artistic expression and secure an environment free of fear and self-censorship.”The new report was filed ahead of Zimbabwe’s second cycle Universal Periodic Review – the UN system’s official mechanism for reviewing all member states human rights records in cycles of four and a half year periods – that will take place on 2 November 2016 in Geneva.Interviews and review of constitutionThe joint submission by Freemuse and Nhimbe focuses on Zimbabwe’s compliance to its commitments under international human rights instruments relating to freedom of expression, creativity and the arts, as well as guarantees under its own Constitution, and to recommendations accepted by Zimbabwe during the first cycle of the UPR in 2011.The submission in based on interviews with local artists and a legal analysis facilitated by Nhimbe and qualified through a workshop held in Harare in October 2015 with local artists, journalists and human rights advocates.2011 UPR RecommendationDuring its first UPR, Zimbabwe only expressed support for one recommendation on freedom of expression. Zimbabwe accepted Japan’s recommendation to “make improvements to ensure the freedom of expression, including for the mass media.”“The Zimbabwean government must respect the Constitutions and its commitment during the 2011 UPR process to ensure freedom of expression,” said Nhimbe Executive Director, Josh Nyapimbi. “As an essential first step the government should replace the Censorship Board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions with a classification board mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children.”Lack of transparencyA case illustrating the lack of transparency and arbitrariness of the Censorship Board decisions is the ban on the play No Voice No Choice. In 2012, the Censorship Board issued a notice that the play had been banned in Zimbabwe because it was “too direct” and “inciteful and against the spirit of national healing”. The director and producer Tafadzwa Muzondo, who describes the play as an informative play that tells stories promoting peace and healing, was not given the opportunity to appeal. He subsequently resorted to challenging the failure of the relevant ministry to convene the Appeal Board as a violation of his right to a fair hearing by taking the matter to the High Court. The High Court dismissed his claim.In a recent development that underlines the worrying trend, on March 10, 2016, the Censorship Board banned the distribution of the award winning documentary Democrats, a film chronicling the constitutional-making process in Zimbabwe, alleging it was not “suitable for public showing”, according to media reports.Reform Criminal Law and POSAThe joint report also includes recommendations to reconstitute the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and to repeal or significantly reform provisions in the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that restrict freedoms of expression and assembly. The repeal was proposed by the United States, Australia, Canada, Austria and Mexico during Zimbabwe’s 201 1 UPR.Recommendations from the stakeholder submission:In accordance with international standards and respecting the 2013 Constitution, Zimbabwe should abolish the Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems where they exist and use subsequent imposition of restrictions only when permitted under Article 19 (3) and 20 of ICCPR. Such restrictions should be imposed exclusively by a court of law.Replace the Censorship Board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions with a classification board mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children.Repeal Section 31 (criminalises the publishing of or communicating false statements prejudicial to the State), Section 33 (criminalises insulting the office of the president) and Section 96 (criminal defamation) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.Reconstitute the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) with new appointees taking oath of office in line with public leadership and governance principles in Chapter 9 of the Constitution. The new BAZ board's independence must be guaranteed and respected to eliminate, as far as possible, executive interference on political grounds.Improve efforts to issue licences to community radio stations as these small broadcasters have substantial influence on the exercise of freedom of artistic expression by granting local artists access to showcase talents. BAZ must decrease the fees for licenses to ease the financial burden for applicants for community broadcasting services. The exorbitant fees required are perceived as a deliberate move to prevent new entrants into the sector.Repeal or significantly reform the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) provisions that restrict freedoms of expression and assembly as proposed by the United States, Australia, Canada, Austria and Mexico during Zimbabwe’s 201 1 UPR.Take measures, including training of national and local police, to ensure the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) are not abused by the police to limit artistic freedom of expression in violation of the 2013 Constitution and Zimbabwe’s international obligations.-- [ENDS] -- Read the full stakeholder report by Freemuse and Nhimbe on www.freemuse.org/archives/11948Freemuse is an independent international membership organisation advocating and defending the right to artistic freedom worldwide. Freemuse has held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012 and has previously submitted UPR stakeholder reports on artistic freedom in Belarus, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the United States.Nhimbe is a non-profit arts advocacy organisation based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Through legislative and grassroots action, Nhimbe advocates for national policies that recognise, enhance and foster the contribution the arts make to national development.Media contacts• Freemuse: Dwayne Mamo, Web Journalist tel +45 3332 1027, email: dwayne.mamo@freemuse.org• Nhimbe: Ronald Moyo, Communications, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager tel +263 9 60002/60019, email: info@nhimbe.org
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Nhimbe receives special award at NAMA 2016

Nhimbe Trust is pleased to receive the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2016 National Arts Service Award from the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of National Cultural Heritage Hon. Abedinigo Ncube. The Award Citation by the National Arts Council acknowledged Nhimbe’s work cutting across children in theatre and television, women in theatre and television, advocacy for an enabling arts and culture environment, NPAAC; and Nhimbe’s role in introducing the Arterial Network to Zimbabwe amongst other achievements. We thank our partners, friends and funders for their continued support. We pledge our commitment to complementing the National Arts Council and its parent ministry in implementing the national cultural policy and international standard setting instruments in the field of culture and development that Zimbabwe has ratified for the betterment of the status of the artist in Zimbabwe. This award not only confirms government’s acknowledgment of Nhimbe’s national leadership role in the promotion and development of the arts and culture in Zimbabwe, but thrusts further expectations from government and our various stakeholders to continue building on our pioneering role in arts and culture promotion and development.
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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 establishes an NPRC that is accountable to Parliament. The NPRC bill also creates a Commission wherein the Commissioners’ term of office can be terminated by the President at the end of a five year term while the Zimbabwean Constitution establishes a Commission for 10 years. The Zimbabwean Constitution provides for an NPRC Commission that has the power to hire its own secretariat whilst the NPRC Bill gives the Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation power to appoint civil servants to work as the secretariat of the NPRC. The Bill in general gives unconstitutional powers to the President and Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation and compromises the independence of the NPRC Commission. The work of the Commission is thus threatened by the NPRC bill and it should hence be reviewed in line with the constitutional provisions of the NPRC Commission. The NPRC bill is of particular concern to artists as they continue to play an integral role in promoting a peaceful and nonviolent society despite the constant assaults on artistic freedom through censorship and banning due to repressive political correctness.
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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. Nhimbe Trust and other key international networks have been calling on governments and policy makers defining the post-2015 UN Development Agenda to ensure that targets and indicators on culture be included as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Released by the UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development, chaired by the Permanent Representatives from Hungary and Kenya, the ‘zero-draft’ and related letter and report are now available at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html The 21 page ‘zero draft’ lists 17 Proposed Sustainable Development Goals to be attained by 2030. Each of the first 16 proposed goals lists between 5 and 17 targets (an average of 10 targets per goal). The final proposed goal, number 17 (Strengthen and enhance the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development), lists 46 targets which relate to the previous 16 proposed goals. Those targets that mention ‘culture’ are as follows: Under 4 re Education: 4.7 by 2030 integrate relevant knowledge and skills in education curricula and training programs, including education for sustainable development and awareness raising on culture’s contribution to sustainable development Under 8 re Economic growth: 8.7 create incentives for the development of sustainable tourism which takes into account community participation, local culture and local products Under 10 re Inequality: 10.6 promote and respect cultural diversity Under 11 re cities etc: 11.9 protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage While there are two other mentions of the term ‘culture’, they are used in the sense of 'a culture of ....' 12.7 by 2030 redouble efforts to create a culture of sustainable lifestyles, including through education, awareness raising, sustainability information on products and services, policies and incentives 16.7 by 2020 provide information and education on a culture of non-violence The Progress Report of the OWG, in section 83 under the section on Employment and decent work; social protection; education and culture; youth, notes that ‘Culture and cultural diversity are widely understood to be important to societies’ creativity, cohesion and resilience, but it is not clear that culture per se is “goalable”.' The letter from the OWG’s co-chairs to the UN’s member states describes the process ahead as follows: ‘… the OWG process has only 10 days of formal work remaining. It is therefore crucial that delegations come prepared with concise and final language that will facilitate timely agreement of both goals and targets. It will be particularly important that we limit the amount of text and the size of the document particularly with regard to the number of targets.’ And the conclusion states: “we would strongly request that delegations move directly into focused consideration of the proposed goals and targets contained in the zero draft in order to make progress towards a successful and timely conclusion …We would like to reiterate the importance of enumerating sustainable development goals …[that are] action-oriented, concise, easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global in nature and universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities’
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