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Title:Human rights and discrimination: Zambia's constitutional amendment, 1996
Author:Mbao, Melvin L.M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:constitutional amendments
human rights
Abstract:In 1996 the enactment of amendments to the Constitution of Zambia deprived the Zambian people of their right to participate freely in the public affairs of their country and to elect political leaders of their choice. The most controversial aspects of the amendments related to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, the imposition of stringent requirements on aspiring presidential candidates, and the disqualification of chiefs or traditional rulers from participation in electoral politics. The present article critically analyses these amendments with particular reference to Zambia's international human rights obligations. It concludes that the amendments are contrary to the international human rights instruments to which Zambia is a party and recommends that pressure be brought on the government to bring Zambia's municipal laws into line with the country's international law obligations. Notes, ref., sum. (p.I)