Zambia

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Overview

Inter-party tensions escalated in the run-up to the elections; party supporters subjected their opponents to extreme violence and there were political killings. Police used live ammunition against pre-election protesters. One police officer went on trial in connection with the 2020 killing of two unarmed protesters, but many others continued to enjoy impunity. The authorities weaponized laws and state institutions to restrict human rights and intimidate critics. Medical professionals were harassed and prosecuted for protesting against poor working conditions. Persons with albinism suffered violent attacks. Girls were at particular risk of widespread gender-based violence.

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Death Penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years

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