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[Published: Tuesday October 09 2012]

Zambian opposition forms coalition against government persecution

London, 9 Oct - (ANA) - A group of lawyers representing various opposition parties in Zambia have announced the formation of The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR), an organization which will work within both local and international legal structures to halt the violation of civil rights currently taking place under the Patriotic Front administration of President Michael Sata. In a statement to Lusaka media outlets, the CDDR announced, “The formation of this coalition has become necessary because of the growing illegality and violence initiated by Patriotic Front members abusing state power to advance their private and political interests.” The statement continued, “As lawyers dedicated to the rule of law and democratic values, we are duty-bound to assist those whose political, civil and constitutional rights are violated. Our doors are open to all those who have suffered unlawful treatment at the hands of the Patriotic Front government over their beliefs, irrespective of ideology, ethnic origin, or agenda.” (ANA)
FA/ANA/9 October 2012--------


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