Bid to expand prisoners rights sails through

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Cabinet has approved Principles for the Prisons and Correctional Services Bill 2020, which seeks to modernize the prisons legislation with a view to ensure that it meets international norms and standards regarding prisons administration including the way prisoners should be treated.

This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa at a post Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday.

Responding to questions, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the Bill seeks to expand prisoners human rights while incarcerated.

Meanwhile, Minister Mutsvangwa said cabinet also approved Principles for the Witness Protection Bill, which is set to fill the gap in the law, by establishing legislation to provide for the protection of court witnesses in Zimbabwe.

This is part of the second republic thrust in aligning all laws to the constitution.