Civil Society Groups Request Review of Human Rights in Zambia

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ZAMBIA’S CIVIL SOCIETY ASKS ZAMBIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS BODY AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO REVIEW ZAMBIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS AND DENOUNCE THE VIOLATIONS BY THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT Lusaka, Wednesday, 27 February 2013: AS the Zambia Police arrest and charge Zambia’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, seven (7) Civil Society Organisations in Zambia have called upon the Zambia’s Human …

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Commonwealth Begins Investigating Zambia Petition

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The following report was published by Voice of America: An official of the Secretariat of the Commonwealth of Nations says the organization has received a petition from a Zambia group calling for the temporary suspension of the southern African country. Victory Holdsworth says the secretariat has put together a team to review the petition. “We …

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Video: Zambian Police Beat and Teargas Opposition Protesters

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The following is an edited excerpt from the Commonwealth Report explaining the circumstances of the video contained below: According to the 2009 Affirmation of Commonwealth Values and Principles, member states must uphold “the inalienable right of the individual to participate by means of free and democratic political processes in shaping the society in which they …

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Forbes Highlights Collapse of Democracy in Zambia

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The U.S. magazine Forbes has published a lengthy article investigating recent violations of political freedoms in Zambia, highlighting the application by the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights to the Commonwealth requesting the provisional suspension of Zambia from the grouping pending an independent investigation. An excerpt of the article follows: Opposition figures complain that …

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Full Text of Commonwealth Report

Below you can read the full CDDR Report to the Commonwealth on the violations of the Harare Declaration by President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front party.  The CDDR is urging the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to appoint an independent envoy to assess these events. If you have any trouble viewing the embedded document …

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Opposition and Civil Society Petition Commonwealth to Investigate Rights Abuses by Zambian Government

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Victims call for provisional suspension of Zambia from Commonwealth pending investigation President Michael Sata accused of inciting ethnic violence, abusing law enforcement bodies to persecute opponents, and judicial interference Report cites wide-ranging violations of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and attacks on civil society JOHANNESBURG, February 12, 2013 – Leaders of both civil society …

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