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Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) http://cddr-zambia.org Monitoring civil rights in Zambia Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:04:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Opening of Parliament Requires a Legitimate President – CDDR http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/08/26/opening-of-parliament-requires-a-legitimate-president-cddr/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/08/26/opening-of-parliament-requires-a-legitimate-president-cddr/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=431 The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) expresses its concern regarding the upcoming parley for opening of parliament, which must be executed according to protocol by the duly elected Republican President of Zambia. Although Vice President Guy Scott has said that President Michael Sata is “fit” and prepared to open parliament himself, recent …

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Washington Must Stop Encouraging Abuses by Zambia’s Ruling Party – CDDR http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/08/05/washington-must-stop-encouraging-abuses-by-zambias-ruling-party-cddr/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/08/05/washington-must-stop-encouraging-abuses-by-zambias-ruling-party-cddr/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:13:59 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=422 August 5, 2014 – As the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit convenes in Washington DC this week, the event represents a positive opportunity to open up new channels of cooperation between the United States and the region. However in the case of Zambia, the U.S. administration must curb its blind support of the Patriotic Front (PF) …

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Where Has CDDR Been? http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/06/18/where-has-cddr-been/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/06/18/where-has-cddr-been/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:26:57 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=428 We apologise to our community of supporters for our silence lately. As with many NGOs and civil society groups in Zambia, we have been put under extra pressure by the authorities to comply with new laws governing the operations of these kinds of organisations. Today, June 18, 2014 after a three months wait, the Registrar …

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Freedom House Slams PF Govt http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/03/07/freedom-house-slams-pf-govt/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/03/07/freedom-house-slams-pf-govt/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:23:37 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=424 The following is an excerpt of an article written by Cathal Gilbert and Juliet Mureriwa of Freedom House. Read the full article here. Sata seems oblivious to the repercussions of his actions, and in late February he confirmed the appointment of “his” Chitimukulu, Chief Chewe. The Bemba traditional establishment is not impressed, stating that this …

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Press Freedom under Threat in Zambia http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/02/12/press-freedom-under-threat-in-zambia/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2014/02/12/press-freedom-under-threat-in-zambia/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:25:42 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=426 The following comes from the annual report of the Committee to Protect Journalists: Promises of a freer media environment by the Patriotic Front, which won election in 2011 after a campaign that pledged greater broadcast media freedom and a law promoting access to information, had yet to be fulfilled by late 2013. Journalists operated cautiously …

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CDDR Will Seek International Sanctions against Patriotic Front following Violent Attacks http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/09/09/cddr-will-seek-international-sanctions-against-patriotic-front-following-violent-attacks/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/09/09/cddr-will-seek-international-sanctions-against-patriotic-front-following-violent-attacks/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:54:13 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=415 September 9, 2013 – A series of escalating violent attacks unleashed by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party during the Mkaika by-election have prompted the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) to seek international sanctions against prominent members of the Zambian government. Eyewitness reports and sources indicate to CDDR that on Sept. 4-5, …

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Kampasa Killings: Security Forces Must Stop Use of Live Fire for Crowd Control http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/06/15/kampasa-killings-security-forces-must-stop-use-of-live-fire-for-crowd-control/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/06/15/kampasa-killings-security-forces-must-stop-use-of-live-fire-for-crowd-control/#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:25:55 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=408 Following a deadly shooting of protesters by officers of the Zambia National Service (ZNS) in the Kampasa area near Lusaka’s main airport, the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) is calling for a full investigation and an immediate cessation of the use of live rounds for the purposes of crowd control by Zambia’s …

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Embassies Are Wrong to Congratulate the PF’s One-Party State Subsidy http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/06/06/embassies-are-wrong-to-congratulate-the-pfs-one-party-state-subsidy/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/06/06/embassies-are-wrong-to-congratulate-the-pfs-one-party-state-subsidy/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:57 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=401 Open Letter to His Excellency Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia, His Excellency Mark Storella, Ambassador of the United States to Zambia, and His Excellency James Thornton, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Zambia June 6, 2013 Your Excellencies, We respectfully address this open letter toward your distinguished offices with regard to recent …

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Stop State-Sponsored Violence in Zambia, Demands CDDR http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/05/31/stop-state-sponsored-violence-in-zambia-demands-cddr/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/05/31/stop-state-sponsored-violence-in-zambia-demands-cddr/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:48:44 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=399 A brutal attack against civil society organisations and journalists today by a government-sponsored militia highlights the need for greater international pressure on Zambia’s leadership to respect basic human rights, says the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR). On Friday, May 31 an indoor meeting convened by numerous civil society organisations in the Matero …

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CDDR Denounces Mass Arrests of Civil Society Members and Students in Zambia http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/05/17/cddr-denounces-mass-arrests-of-civil-society-members-and-students-in-zambia/ http://cddr-zambia.org/2013/05/17/cddr-denounces-mass-arrests-of-civil-society-members-and-students-in-zambia/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 16:13:11 +0000 http://cddr-zambia.org/?p=395 The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) is demanding that the Patriotic Front-led Government of Zambia halt its unlawful arrests of citizens for exercising their constitutional rights by participating in protests. On Friday, May 17, the Zambian police arrested approximately two dozen citizens during a protest rally against the government’s recent removal of …

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