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Human Rights Commission calls for protection of human rights before, during & after elections

Written by on May 13, 2021

The Human Rights Commission of Zambia has called for a peaceful environment conducive to the protection of human rights before, during and after election day.

The Commission’s Chairperson Mudford Mwandenga says the maintenance of law and order and protection of human rights and freedoms is cardinal to the holding of genuine, free and fair elections that reflect the will of the people as stipulated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Mr. Mwandenga says the Commission is therefore calling upon political parties, candidates and all Zambians to maintain peace before, during and after elections and ensure that a democratic electoral environment prevails. Mr. Mwandenga further called on all political parties and their supporters to conduct their campaigns peacefully and refrain from engaging in acts of violence or any other form of lawlessness that has potential to undermine the integrity and legitimacy of the election outcome.

He said the August elections are fundamental to the country’s democratic process and, should therefore be free from any form of violence including hate speech characterized by name-calling and character assassination which constitute violations of human rights.

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