HRC hails Lungu

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THE Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (HRC) has wel­comed the di­rec­tive by Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu to the Zam­bia Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (ZCS) to treat in­mates with dig­nity.

HRC spokesper­son Mweelwa Mu­leya. said the guid­ance by Pres­i­dent Lungu when he swore in the new ZCS Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral, Chis­ela Chileshe to re­spect the rights and dig­nity of in­mates was ex­tremely sig­nif­i­cant, par­tic­u­larly that it is com­ing from the Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Armed Forces un­der which the ZCS falls.

In a state­ment is­sued yesterday, he said HRC wel­comed Pres­i­dent Lungu’s di­rec­tive be­cause it was consistent with the Gov­ern­ment’s hu­man rights obli­ga­tions.

Mr Mu­leya said that the Pres­i­dent has demon­strated com­mit­ment to re­spect­ing the rights of in­mates while at the same time ac­knowl­edg­ing the nu­mer­ous his­tor­i­cal chal­lenges fac­ing the in­mates.

“The Com­mis­sion agrees with Pres­i­dent Lungu that there has been improvements in some Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­i­ties in the re­cent past and that more still needed to be done for Zam­bia to meet the United Nations (UN) Stan­dard Min­i­mum Rules for Treat­ment of ‘Pris­on­ers’, which the UN re­vised and re­named as The Man­dala Rules in 2015,” he said.

Mr Mu­leya said there was need for scal­ing up the in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme of mod­ernising and con­struct­ing new Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure that in­mates were kept in hab­it­able con­di­tions.

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