Grant inmates fundamental rights – HRC

By Staff Reporter

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has asked law enforcement agents to grant full human rights to inmates and suspects.

Speaking after inspecting hiding facilities in Chipata, commissioner Ackson Zulu said there was need for officers in correctional services facilities and police stations, to refrain from beating suspects as a way of getting information from them.

Zulu said it was the duty of officers to investigate and come up with evidence to prove suspects guilty.

“From the inspection, it has been observed that, most holding facilities are congested, and this is not conducive for people. Among the visited facilities, correctional facilities such as Namuseche in Chipata and Kazulabowa in Katete are congested by remandees,” said Zulu on Sunday.

“It is unfortunate that despite most suspects being charged for bailable offences, most of them have been in detention for more than a month. I’m  urging the judiciary and police to allow suspects with bailable offences to be granted police bonds in order to decongest the cells.”