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Press Statements Archives » Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR)

Where Has CDDR Been?

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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CDDR Will Seek International Sanctions against Patriotic Front following Violent Attacks

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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Stop State-Sponsored Violence in Zambia, Demands CDDR


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

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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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