UNICEF establishes forensic lab in Zim

Press Statement |  2 years ago | local

In an effort to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls while ensuring justice to survivors, UNICEF in collaboration with the government has established a new state-of-the art forensics laboratory. UNICEF representative Dr Tajudeen Oyewale said the new laboratory, made possible through UNICEF under the Spotlight Initiative, will enable the use of forensic evidence in the trial of sexual and gender-based violence cases. This facility will operationalize the national protocols on sexual offences in Zimbabwe that require survivors to immediately undergo a medical examination where a health professional collects relevant samples / evidence associated with the rape or sexual violation incidence and with this new state of the art capacity, the Zimbabwe Republic Police forensic laboratory can now swiftly inspect these samples, analyze them, and present their findings to the National Prosecuting Authority as evidence that will considerably increase the conviction rate of perpetrators.