MORE STAKEHOLDERS CONDEMN DEGRADING AND INHUMANE TREATMENT OF YOUTHS ALLEGED TO HAVE DEFAMED PRESIDENT HICHILEMA

By Leah Ngoma

The Paralegal Alliance Network-PAN, a network of organizations and individuals promoting access to justice and human rights, is disturbed by the degrading and inhumane treatment of youths alleged to have defamed President Hakainde Hichilema by officers from the defence forces.

Network Board Chairperson Eugene Kabilika has reminded the nation that Zambia is signatory to regional and international human rights treaties that demand that persons alleged to have come into conflict with the law be made to account for their misdeeds through the courts of law and not to be subjected to any form of torture, degrading or inhumane treatment.

Mr Kabilika has however

indicated that the network condemns in the strongest terms possible the uncouth utterances by the youths directed at the head of state and is urging the appropriate law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter and let the law takes its course
He has also urged citizens to use established channels to air their grievances and is calling upon youths to desist from using derogatory language when communicating their challenges.

A video has gone viral on social media depicting 3 youths being subjected to beatings while being interrogated by zambia army officers over derogatory remarks they issued a few days ago via an online platform.

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