The head of Zimbabwe's human rights commission, who was appointed to help curb rights violations, has resigned citing inhibiting laws and lack of resources.
The Herald newspaper quoted Professor Reg Austin as saying in a statement that the critical reason for his resignation was the legal framework within which the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is expected to carry out its mandate.
He said that as a national human rights institution the commission must be independent and properly capacitated.
According to news24, Austin cited sections of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Act and electoral laws that he said impinged on the commission's work.
The commission was appointed in 2009 as part of a raft of reforms agreed on by parties in the country's power-sharing government to guarantee fair and peaceful elections, the report said.
Austin once complained about the absence of a proper office for the commission and lack of equipment that rendered the commission ineffectual.
The rights group Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said Austin's resignation indicated a serious threat to the protection of human rights, the report added. (ANI)