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Zambia: Abolition of the loss of life penalty ‘a historic milestone’



President Hakainde Hichilema introduced the transfer on 23 December, which “adopted years of advocacy efforts by involved stakeholders, such because the National Human Rights Commission, civil society teams, improvement companions, the UN workforce and different companions,” it stated. 

The UN team in Zambia is led by Resident Coordinator Beatrice Mutali. 

Several UN entities there contributed to the milestone by offering a variety of technical assist to the authorities. 

Support for rights assessment 

For instance, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN human rights workplace (OHCHR) assisted the nation with preparation for the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR), together with the fourth assessment scheduled for this 12 months. 

The UPR course of was established in 2006 to assessment the human rights data of all 193 UN Member States.  It is carried out by a Working Group that meets thrice a 12 months, with 14 nations reviewed every session. 

The abolition of the loss of life penalty has been constantly included within the first, second and third periodic opinions, as a key topic. 

‘Breakthrough second’ in May 

President Hichilema took workplace in August 2021, and a “breakthrough second” occurred the next May when the chief and the brand new Zambian Government pledged to abolish the loss of life penalty and work with parliament to this finish, the assertion stated. 

Since then, the UN workforce has stepped up its advocacy efforts, which culminated within the celebration of International Human Rights Day with authorities companions in December. 

The UN workforce additionally supported the assessment, modification and enactment of abnormal legal guidelines, together with the Penal Code and Public Order Act, additionally contributing to the latest repeal of the defamation of the President as a felony offence. 

The UN and the Zambian Government additionally lately signed a brand new roadmap for the partnership masking the subsequent 5 years.  

“With this UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the nation workforce will proceed to assist the federal government’s efforts to consolidate democracy, human rights and the rule of regulation,” stated the assertion. 

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