THE Human Rights Commission (HRC) has expressed concern over the recent acts of violence and has called for violent-free campaigns as the country gears up for the August 11 general elections.
HRC chief of information Mweelwa Muleya urged political parties to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Public Order Act and for the police to administer the Act in an impartial and fair manner.
Mr Muleya expressed worry at the recent political clashes and that if not stopped the vice would undermine the rights of majority citizens to make informed and democratic choices ahead of the August 11 general elections.
“The commission, therefore, calls upon political parties to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Public Order Act and the Zambia Police to administer the provisions in an impartial and fair manner without any political discrimination in order to promote a violent-free campaign environment.
“If not stopped, political violence may undermine the right of majority citizens to make informed and democratic choices in voting during the general elections and the national referendum on the Bill of Rights,” he said.
He condemned the recent violence against journalists and political opponents, stating that the acts are not only criminal but a violation of human rights.
Mr Muleya said that there was need for enhanced promotion and protection of civil and political liberties in order to facilitate popular, informed and democratic participation of the citizenry which would ensure high votes as required in the amended Constitution.