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Zambia Human Rights

Zambia has a reputation as a stable democracy due to successful successions of power and a prior history of a respectable human rights record. However, since the election to the presidency in 2011 of Michael Sata, an increasingly troubling pattern of repression of political opponents, civil society, independent media and disenfranchised members of the population has emerged.

Multiple political opposition party members have been arrested on pre-textual charges, such as defamation of the president or holding an illegal gathering, for their campaign activities. Political rallies have been blocked by riot police, youth meetings banned, and allegations of corruption occur with increasing regularity. It is to be noted some these actions also occurred under prior administrations; however it does not excuse the continuance, severity or frequency with which this oppression occurs. Freedom of the press is also a recurring concern in Zambia, often in conjunction with political oppression. From censorship of publications to allegations of the physical harassment of journalists, protecting the free flow of information in Zambia remains a top priority.

Zambia is further increasingly intolerant of its homosexual population. In May 2013, police arrested Phil Mubiana and James Mwansa for alleged same-sex conduct, illegal in Zambia. They were subjected to anal examination without consent and forced to make confessions to speed up the trial. This follows an increasing pattern of hate speech towards members of the LGBTQ community by government officials and within state controlled media. Amnesty International is concerned about the safety of those arrested, as well as the LGBTQ community within Zambia as a whole.

Direct foreign investment in Zambia's burgeoning natural resource and consumer markets allow ample space for corporate abuse of individual rights in the areas of labor and consumer protection and an exploitation of the lagging regulatory framework in the country.

Zambia Newsroom



June 28, 2016 • Press Release

Detained newspaper owner and staff must be immediately and unconditionally released in Zambia

Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of The Post newspaper, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta M’membe and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, Amnesty International said today.

June 26, 2016 • Press Release

Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper a ploy to crackdown on freedom of the press

The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said Amnesty International today.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

July 16, 2015 • Press Release

Zambia: Commuting death sentences a laudable first step

The decision by President Edgar Lungu to commute the sentences of 332 prisoners awaiting death by hanging to life imprisonment is a laudable first step and a ‘triumph’ for the right to life.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

June 24, 2013 • Report

Making Love a Crime: Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report provides an analysis of the legal environment and wider context of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent years have seen increasing reports of people being harassed, marginalized, discriminated against and attacked because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

December 1, 2011 • Press Release

Amnesty International Urges Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia to Bring George W. Bush to Justice

Amnesty International urges the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia to arrest former U.S. President George W. Bush during his expected visit to the region between December 1 and 5, 2011, for crimes under international law.