The Centre for Human Rights presented a capacity-building workshop on international human rights protection mechanisms in Zambia at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia, on 16 and 17 August 2017. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the University of Zambia, and was attended by more than 40 participants. Participants included Mr Likando Kalaluka (Attorney General of Zambia), Dr. Zonke Majodina (former member/chairperson of the Human Rights Committee) as well as legal officers and staff of various government institutions and ministries. Staff from the Zambian Human Rights Commission, the National Assembly of Zambia, Zambia Open University, Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), Centre for Human Rights, civil society organisations and the press were also in attendance.
Participants at the workshop identified some of the challenges impeding implementation of human rights decisions in Zambia such as: ineffective coordination, dormant institutions, delayed responses, insufficient awareness of regional and global adjudicatory mechanisms and their procedures as well as inadequate budget for implementation. They also urged the government of Zambia through the Attorney General to work towards effective implementation of human rights law and decisions in a more coordinated, prompt and effective manner which could include the formation of an institutional mandate that is given prominence and permanence to facilitate implementation of decisions of international human rights mechanisms.