Human Rights and Access To Justice

The Human Rights and Access to Justice Programme will seek to address violations of human rights by the duty bearers, increase knowledge and awareness on human rights issues and confidence in the electoral system, among others

  • SACCORD has been instrumental in influencing the Government to work with CSOs over human rights such as observance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCR) through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This resulted in SACCORD contribution to Government’s decision to adopt recommendations on second generation rights such as the right to health, education among others. These rights are being considered in the draft Constitution so that they are made justiciable.
  • SACCORD submitted areas of revision over the Electoral Code of Conduct before the National Assembly of Zambia which contributed to the revision and bringing into being the revised Electoral Code of Conduct 2011.
  • Contributed to the fair administration of the Public Order Act which resulted in reduced violation of the freedoms to assembly, association and expressions in 2011.
  • Contributed to the reduction of electoral malpractices by deploying more than three thousand monitors during the 2011 tripartite elections.
  • Contributed to reduced human rights violations such as defilement, gender based violence, child labor, early marriages in Chipata, Mambwe, Solwezi and Petauke.
  • Human rights publications and information produced by SACCORD has helped to increase awareness and knowledge levels among members of the public on issues of human rights.