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

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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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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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