I am pleased to present Zambia’s combined first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh State report on the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the initial report on the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women. The report covers the period 2005 to 2019 and provides for the status of the implementation of human rights in Zambia.
It's been widely recognised that the promotion and protection of human rights can contribute to viable peace and security, as well as, attainment of sustainable development. Therefore, building a strong foundation for human rights through commitment to the tenets of democracy, rule of law and good governance becomes essential for a peaceful and just society. Current global challenges such as the discrimination and inequalities, large movements of refugees and migrants, violent extremism and terrorism all require us to re-double our efforts in order to secure peace and security and attain sustainable development. The duty rests upon us, as a united front, in Africa, to work in solidarity and diligently in order to create an environment where human rights are promoted, protected and respected.
It is highly commendable that this report was prepared through a very participatory and inclusive process. Broad consultations were undertaken and the inputs from the various stakeholders have been incorporated into the report. Therefore, this report is factually true and a correct representation of the implementation of the rights stipulated in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women.
I applaud the effort and hard work which went into the preparation of this report and thank all who participated in the process.
Mulambo H. Haimbe
MINISTER OF JUSTICE