June 19, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Opposition Leader Held In Inhumane Conditions (Zambia: UA 90.17)


There is fear for safety of Hakainde Hichilema after he was transferred from Lusaka Central Correctional Facility in Lusaka Province to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Central Province. He is being held under degrading and inhumane conditions at the Maximum Security Prison. The conditions to which he is subjected may amount to torture and other ill-treatment. Hakainde Hichilema is facing the charge of treason together with five others for allegedly obstructing a Presidential Motorcade.


Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on Zambian authorities to drop the treason charge against Hakainde Hichilema and his five co-accused and release them immediately and unconditionally;
  • Urging them to ensure that Hakainde Hichilema’s conditions of detention together with those of his five co-accused conform to international standards;
  • Calling on them to ensure that all the accused persons are granted access to lawyers of their choosing and to their families;
  • Calling on them to thoroughly, impartially and independently investigate allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of Hakainde Hichilema while in detention.

Contact these two officials by 31 July, 2017:

The President of Republic of Zambia 
His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Office of the President
Plot 1 Independence Avenue
P.O. Box 50212
Lusaka, Zambia
Email: lunguedgar@gmail.com 
Salutation: Your Excellency 

Chargé d’Affaires
Joseph R. Chilaizya
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
2200 R Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Tel: 1 202 265 0757  I  Fax: 1 202 332 0826
Contact Form: http://www.zambiaembassy.org/webform/contact-us
Salutation: Dear Counsellor



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