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Hanging suspects from the ceiling and beating them to coerce confessions is routine police practice in Zambia. The government needs to call an immediate halt to police abuse, investigate violations, and strengthen grievance mechanisms.
Rona Peligal, Africa director at Human Rights Watch (New York) - The Zambian police routinely engage in cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, including torture, to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch said today.
(New York) - Recent homophobic statements by religious leaders and government authorities risk undermining Zambia's fight against HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Zambian leaders on May 17, 2010.
Human Rights Watch called on government authorities to condemn statements that could discourage men who have sex with men from seeking health care and erode their fundamental human rights, and to reaffirm the importance of HIV testing and treatment for these men. The letter also called on the Zambian Parliament to amend the Penal Code to decriminalize consensual sexual …
Criminal Justice Failures, Overcrowding, and Poor Care Exacerbate Spread of TB, HIV
(Lusaka, April 27, 2010) - Prisoners in Zambia suffer malnutrition, overcrowding, grossly inadequate medical care, and the risk of rape or torture, the Prisons Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA), AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), and Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
I have seen people die in the night in the cell-there is nothing we can do. We shout for someone, but the guards will say, "he is just playing sick, he wants to escape. Let us wait two or three days, and see how he will be." And then he dies.
- Nickson, 36, Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison, September 30, 2009
They say, "you're going to Chimbokaila [Lusaka Central Prison]? It's a death sentence." Not because they are afraid you will be given beatings, but because of TB. They know the conditions are bad.
(Johannesburg, May 16, 2008) - Supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe tortured more than 70 people, including six men to death, in a 're-education' meeting on May 5, 2008 in Mashonaland Central, Human Rights Watch said today. The government's campaign of organized terror and violence against the political opposition is continuing despite agreement to hold a presidential runoff election.
'Political compromise over the runoff election has not reduced government atrocities against the opposition,' said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
(Johannesburg, May 7, 2008) - The Zimbabwe government's politically motivated arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Harrison Nkomo raises fears of a broader crackdown on government critics, Human Rights Watch said today.
'The arrest of a leading human rights lawyer may signal the government's escalation of its crackdown on perceived opponents,' said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. 'It would be unfortunate if Harrison Nkomo became the 'canary in the coal mine.' He should be released immediately.'
Nkomo was arrested near his …
(New York, February 22, 2001) -- A rapid growth in government-sponsored human rights commissions across Africa has not generally led to better human rights protection, Human Rights Watch charged in a major new study released today.