Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe

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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe is a non-governmental organization whose aim is to highlight the plight of the Zimbabwean people and assist in cases of human rights abuse.


Background

The organisation was established in 1972 during the colonial times and was known as the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Rhodesia. It changed its name when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe after independence in 1980 and established offices in Harare, Bulawayo, Binga , and Mutare, along with the presence of a "Justice and Peace committee in each diocese. Since formation its stated duties are ;to inform people's consciences; to make people aware of their rights and duties as citizens; to encourage love, understanding and harmony through the promotion of the Church's social teaching; to investigate allegations of injustice which it considers to merit attention, and to take appropriate action; to keep in contact with other organisations with similar aims and objectives and;to advise the Bishop's Conference on the human rights situation pertaining from time to time.