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Freedom House Slams PF Govt

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

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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Video: Zambian Government Must Halt Incitement of Violence

Sata PF symbol nice close up

The following video contains recordings of Zambian President Michael Sata ordering the army to go to Lukula in Western Province to fire upon Zambian citizens, as well as footage of Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba rousing the cadres to engage in violence during the last campaign, and the footage from Judge Ngoma’s public assault against …

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Civil Society Groups Request Review of Human Rights in Zambia


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


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

Police teargas opposition

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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