Zambia’s human rights body on Tuesday hailed plans by the government to criminalize torture.
On Monday, Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said cabinet has approved the introduction of a bill in parliament to criminalize acts of torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Mweelwa Muleya, the spokesperson of the Human Rights Commission said the move was welcome as it will go a long way in enhancing protection of the right to freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The move, he said, was in line with national, regional and international human rights laws, according to a statement released by the human rights body.
Providing legal guarantees to human rights was one of the important obligations of any government, he added.
According to him, the government’s decision could not have come at a better time than now when the international community, including Zambia, was commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Enditem