On 14 March 2013, Zambia will undergo the second phase of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) review of its fulfilment of international human rights obligations and commitments.
However, given the deteriorating human rights environment in that country, some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have come together to lobby government to fulfill its obligations.
They content that, today Zambia is among the countries that still face numerous challenges in human rights, including; torture, official impunity, life-threatening prison conditions, arbitrary arrests and prolonged pre-trial detention, long trial delays, restrictions on freedom of speech, among others.
To read the article titled, “NGOs worried about situation ahead of Zambia’s human rights review by UN,” click here.Source:Zambian Watchdog
A non-governmental organisation dealing in land issues on Zambia’s Copperbelt has accused Kitwe City Council of advertising already sold plots.
Copperbelt Indigenous Land Rights Network executive director, Archie Mulunda, says the Kitwe City Council recently advertised to sale residential plots which had already been sold to some corporate institutions and a few elites at the expense of poor people who also needed to acquire plots.
Mulunda further says the council has also continued to secretly sale plots in Ndeke despite the temporal suspension of the sale following its failure to properly administer the sale to residents who turned up in large numbers to buy the plots.
To read the article titled, “Kitwe City Council sold plots before advertising - NGO,” click here.Source:Lusaka Times
Zambian President, Michael Sata, is said to be happy with Patriotic Front (PF) aligned NGOs like Transparency International Zambia calling for the removal of former president Rupiah Banda's immunity but are keeping a blind eye to the corruption involving his ministers.
TIZ, which has became ineffective after campaigning for the PF in the last general elections, has seen his top official like executive director become more of the government's advocate that play the watchdog role the donor community funds them for.
Sources tells Zambia Reports that that TIZ used to receive information on alleged corruption in the ruling party from the PF' Post Newspapers. However, since the Post Newspapers started supporting PF, TIZ has failed to investigate any corrupt activities in government and has since been compromised.To read the article titled, “Sata happy with pro-PF NGOs like Tiz,” click here.Source:All Africa
CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) has expressed serious ‘concerns’ on the escalating campaign to silence independent dissent in Zambia.
In a press statement, CIVICUS is calling upon the ruling Patrotic Front (PF) under the leadership of President Michael Sata, to take immediate steps to protect media and civil society freedoms.
In addition, the organisation states that, “A number of civil society organizations advocating for greater civic engagement in Zambia’s ongoing constitution-making process have recently been threatened with deregistration.”
To read the article titled, “NGO group complains of Zambia’s crackdown on rights,” click here.Source:Zambia Reports
Zambian Voices, a Zambian NGO, has threatened to devise another strategy of investigating justice minister, Wynter Kabimba, and defence minister, Geoffrey Mwamba, if the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) fails to do its job.
Zambian Voices executive director, Chilufya Tayali, says ACC should be able to update the nation on the state of investigations into corrupt activities against the two ministers in a period of 14 days.
Chilufya states that it has taken time since the confusion that arose after Kabimba was summoned for questioning but the officers failed to do so because of the hostile environment.
To read the article titled, “NGO warns on Kabimba, GBM corruption investigations,” click here.Source:Zambia Reports
Zambia’s convicted prisoner, George Mwanza, has accused the authorities of violating his human rights and those of other HIV-positive inmates by failing to provide them with adequate care.
Mwanza, who is awaiting trial for statutory rape, told a courtroom packed with HIV/AIDS activists clad in white T-shirts that, "I have been prevented from accessing the anti-retroviral drugs and therapy from the clinic."
In the same vein, Southern Africa Litigation Centre’s Priti Patel, says the case is ‘the first of its kind’ and could have massive repercussions given the high levels of HIV in Zambia's jails.
To read the article titled, “Zambian inmates denied ARVs, court told,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Zambian Ministry of Gender and Child Development has expressed sadness at the rising numbers of unreported cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in that country.
The ministry’s Permanent secretary, Edwidge Mutale, argues that despite GBV being the worst violated human right in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, it is disturbing that these cases are not recorded or reported to the relevant authorities because it is exacerbated by households.
In a speech read by Simon Kapilima, the gender development specialist at the ministry at an official opening of a gender-based violence seminar hosted by Gender Link in Lusaka, she said GBV undermines the ability of women to effectively participate in national development.
To read the article titled, “Rising cases of GBV worry State,” click here.Source:Daily Mail
Zambia has experienced more than a decade of food production declines which has resulted in widespread hunger and poverty in rural communities.
The organisation works with rural communities specifically and priority is given to income generating projects, which include small-scale enterprises in farming, beekeeping, aquaculture, agro-processing, carpentry and other skills training, in targeted communities.
This is good especially in a country where many rural poor people - both children and adults (especially women) - face hunger and poverty, which has increased malnutrition cases among children below five years.
To read the article titled, “Chipata NGO joins govt in rural hunger, poverty fight,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to Arthur Mwansa, not a day goes by without a news report of a child being defiled or a woman battered by an angry partner in Zambia.
In his article, Mwansa argues that government, in collaboration with the United Nations, have stepped in to reduce to zero incidences of gender-based violence (GBV).
He is of the view that, while GBV is a term that many individuals are now aware of - actual acts of the vice remain unpunished as communities still face challenges in finding justice for GBV victims.
To read the article titled, “Will 77 billion fund wipe out gender-based violence?,” click here.Source:Zambia Daily Mail
Real Life Matters Zambia, a NGO looking into the plight of vulnerable children in society, has castigated some Zambians allegedly harbouring suspected former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldiers.
The organisation claims that some of the soldiers are reportedly terrorising small-scale farmers in Mufulira’s Mupena farming settlement and are also marrying Zambian school children, some as young as nine years old.
Mupena Middle Basic School head teacher, Douglas Chama, revealed that 10 pupils from the school have already been married off and taken to DRC and that the female pupils’ population at the learning institution is reducing at a fast rate.
To read the article titled, “NGO castigates Zambians harbouring ex-DRC combatants,” click here.Source:Zambia Daily Mail