Analysis of the Zambia NGO Bill 2009.

24 11 2009


Civil society is now internationally recognised and respected as a sector with legitimate roles to play in society, just as the government and the private sector have their own distinct roles to play. One such role of government is to promote and protect human rights, which includes ensuring space for civil society to act without hindrance. CIVICUS recognises the constitutional commitment of the Republic of Zambia to safeguard fundamental rights and freedoms including the right to freedom of association under Article 11 (b). This right is also guaranteed to the Zambian people under Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 10 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights ratified by Zambia. In this context CIVICUS provides the following submission to the Government of Zambia in respect to the Zambia Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2009 (hereinafter referred as the “Bill”) slated to be introduced in Parliament in mid July 2009.




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