Gren Party president condemns the Human Rights Commission for keeping quiet on Sean Tembo’s arrest

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GREEN Party president Peter Sinkamba has called out the Human Rights Commission for not stating its stance on the arrest of Patriots for Economic Progress (PEP) president, Sean Tembo.

Mr Sinkamba said from what happened to Mr Tembo in the last six days, next door to the Commission Headquarters, it is very clear to that the Commission has become a shadow of itself.

He said in the adminstration of criminal justice, the Commission is the key link between the Police and the Courts on rights and freedoms issues.

“On the other hand, it is the key link between the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Correctional Service on these issues.So much needs to be done to bring back to track the Commission to its vibrancy and relevancy of the 1990s and early 2000s,” he said.

Mr Sinkamba said the arrest of Mr Tembo and subsequent detention for six days without charge, was depressing.

“When I tried to speak to him on phone from Kitwe on Saturday to understand what was going on, I was informed by officers from Woodlands Police Station that the “dealing” officers were from Police Service Headquarters; that Woodlands Police Station was merely providing a holding cell; that as such, officers from Woodlands had no authority to help on the phone service I requested. I can only imagine that such arbitrarily abuse could be happening to several other citizens across the country,” he said.

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