Constitutional Protection of Traditional Knowledge in Zimbabwe and the Robert Mugabe Fashion Brand

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Recently, the people of Zimbabwe went to the polls in a referendum vote for the acceptance or rejection of a draft new Constitution to replace the Lancaster Constitution of 1980, tied with their independence from Britain in 1980.

A copy of the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Final Draft Constitution is available here.

Local media reports now indicate that Zimbabweans have voted in overwhelmingly in favour of the new Constitution.

This blogger has been going through Zimbabwe’s new Constitution and came across three interesting provisions, as quoted below:

16 Culture

(2) The State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level, and all Zimbabwean citizens, must endeavour to preserve and protect Zimbabwe’s heritage.

(…)

33 Preservation of traditional knowledge

The State must take measures to preserve, protect and promote indigenous knowledge systems, including knowledge of the medicinal and other properties of animal and plant life possessed by local communities and people.

(…)

71 Property rights

(1) In this section –

property means property of any description and any right or interest in property.

Read the rest of this article over at the CIPIT Law Blog here.

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