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Government intends to hold vote to amend Bill of Rights

During the implementation of the Eighth National Development Plan, the government will hold a referendum to update the Bill of Rights to cover economic, social, and cultural rights, according to Justice Minister MULAMBO HAIMBE.

According to Mr. HAIMBE, the nation has persisted in including numerous stakeholders and collaborating partners in an effort to strengthen the Bill of Rights by amending Part 3 of the Zambian Constitution.

Speaking during the 42nd meeting of the working group for the Universal Periodic Review, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. HAIMBE discussed Zambia’s Fourth Cycle National Report on the UPR.

The Justice Minister also announced that Zambia had ratified the Genocide Convention, which became effective on July 19, 2022, and had acceded to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This made Zambia the 153rd State to have done so.

According to Mr. HAIMBE, Zambia has demonstrated its commitment to the values and principles of the United Nations as well as respect for international human rights legislation by ratifying the Convention.

According to a statement made by the public relations department at the Lusaka-based Ministry of Justice, this is the case.

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