11 December 2013

Zambia: State Pledges to Uphold Human Rights

VICE-President Guy Scott says Government will fulfill the Patriotic Front (PF) party manifesto on matters pertaining to the

observance of human rights to secure their enjoyment by all Zambians.

Dr Scott said Government was working towards removing barriers that prevented people from enjoying their human rights.

Speaking in a speech read for him by Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda during the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day in Matero yesterday, Dr Scott said all people should live a dignified life and be accorded respect and equal treatment.

"I wish to reaffirm my Government's commitment to fulfilling our party manifesto on matters pertaining to observance to human rights in general," Dr Scott said.

He said the Government had ratified several international and regional human rights treaties which include the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Dr Scott urged stakeholders to use the Vienna declaration and programme of action as a yardstick in taking stock of the milestones that Zambia and the world had attained for human rights and face the challenges that had stalled progress.

A lot still needed to be done to secure the commitment of making the enjoyment of human rights possible, Dr Scott added.

Acting United Nations Resident Representative Viola Morgan pledged to help Zambia in protecting human rights.

Ms Morgan hailed Zambia for being a signatory to many instruments that sort to foster human rights.

Human Rights Commissioner Kafwamba Yeta said Zambia had made significant progress on issues underlined by the 1993 Vienna conference on human rights.


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