From the horse's mouth....

Usually, a collection of quotes of the week would come from a variety of mouths but to kick off our new series, we devote the entire list to Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, who delivered the following 'gems' before the UN Human Rights Council....On commitment to human rights - "Zimbabwe is and will continue to do its uttermost in the promotion and protection of human rights for the benefit of its people.

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Strategic communications for WWF

March 2nd, 2012

Usually, a collection of quotes of the week would come from a variety of mouths but to kick off our new series, we devote the entire list to Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, who delivered the following 'gems' before the UN Human Rights Council....On commitment to human rights - "Zimbabwe is and will continue to do its uttermost in the promotion and protection of human rights for the benefit of its people. In this regard, Zimbabwe is currently working towards putting in place a people-driven constitution following extensive outreaches involving all political parties in the Global Political Agreement. Efforts to operationalize the Human Rights Commission are nearing completion."On Marange diamonds - "Despite opposition from some quarters, the clearance by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme allowing my country to sell its diamonds is just the beginning of a long journey towards the empowerment of our people who had been denied the right of benefitting from one of our many God-given resources."On Sanctions - " ...[O]ur honest efforts to promote and protect the human rights of our people have been and continue to be impeded by the illegal sanctions imposed on our people by some western countries. These illegal sanctions are a blatant violation of the human rights of our people, especially the right to development."On the International Criminal Court - "...the ICC remains, in our view, a glorified Kangaroo Court lacking impartiality."On the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBTI) - "In all constitutional outreaches conducted last year by COPAC throughout Zimbabwe, the people of Zimbabwe vehemently rejected this LGBTI. It is alien to our culture but some countries persist in foisting it on us. LGBTI is unacceptable to us....No amount of sugar coating, rebranding or aid dangling will make this alien value acceptable to the Zimbabwean people."

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