UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has advised Government and citizens to stand firm against violence, and that no-one should face intimidation or harassment for what they believe in.
Mr Hichilema, however, commended non-governmental orgainsations (NGOs) and government institutions that work tirelessly every day to protect the rights of people.
The opposition leader described those who fight to protect human rights as unsung heroes of the country.
This is according to a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by the UPND.
“Today is International Human Rights Day and government must be reminded that it has a fundamental obligation to protect the human rights of all its citizens,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said there is still much work that needs to be done to better protect the human rights of all Zambians.
“If we are not careful to protect our peace and freedoms they can quickly come under threat,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said if elected President he would ensure proper protection of human rights of each and every Zambian, and that he would preserve peace and stability in the country.
He said economic and social development is dependent on good governance.
“Our priorities will be delivering the new constitution, repealing the NGO Act and guaranteeing a media free from government interference,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said there must be proper management of the Public Order Act to prevent its abuse.
“As you can see there is a lot of work to do so I hope we can get started in January,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said everyone must work hard to ensure the peace and stability of Zambia is maintained.
Zambia Daily Mail