Four members of the public, in their capacity as citizens, have petitioned the Human Rights Commission over inhuman treatment of two girls who were suspected of shoplifting in Jet Stores. The two girls were painted in yellow paint and displayed in public.
Below is the full Petition
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
LUSAKA – ZAMBIA
22nd March, 2016.
PETITION TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AGAINST JETS STORES FOR VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND ABROGATION OF PART THREE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA
WE THE PETITIONER:
Mr. Celestin Rocky Mukandila
Mr. Albert Lazarus Banda
Mr. Katimba Chisenga
Mr. Chilekwa Lungu
BEING Zambian Citizens and Law abiding citizens, having a responsibility under Article 43(3)(2)(a) of The Constitution of Zambia (Amendment Act No. 2 of 2016) to promote the ideals and objectives of the constitution of Zambia, DO HEREBY, petition and challenge the Human Rights Commission to take to task the management of Jets Stores for having violated the provisions of the Zambian Constitution on the “PROTECTION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF THE INDIVIDUAL” under PART THREE of the 1996 Constitution.
The pictures circulating on Social Media showing two ladies suspected of having shoplifted from Jets Stores between 20th March, 2016 and 22nd March, 2016 and being painted with yellow paint by the Jets Stores management should be condemned by the Commission at all cost for it is a violation of Human Rights and the Bill of rights of the Zambian Constitution.
The following articles of Part Three where abrogated:
Art 15. A person shall not be subjected to torture, or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other like treatment.
Art 18(2) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence-
(a) shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved or has pleaded guilty;
HOWEVER, The Human Rights Commission which is a creation of Art 230(1) of the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment No. 2 of 2016) is tasked with the following responsibility under the foregoing constitution:
Art 230(2) The Human Rights Commission shall ensure that the Bill of Rights is upheld and protected.
Art 230(b) take necessary steps to secure appropriate redress where rights and freedoms are violated;
FURTHERMORE, we wish to challenge the Commission to ensure that there is total protection of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual by pursuing the violations at hand and ensure that no such violations are condoned.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Mr. Celestin Rocky Mambula Mukandila_Esq
(FOR THE PETITIONER)