British enoys tells PF that Zambians must continue enoying right to assemble

British enoys tells PF that Zambians must continue enoying right to assemble

untitledBritish  High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton says suppressing people’s freedom to assemble is strong trouble for the future.
During celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 88th birthday at his residence in Lusaka on Thursday evening, High Commissioner Thornton said it was important for all Zambians to continue to enjoy their right to meet peacefully and freely express their views.
He said people’s ability to assemble freely was a hallmark of democracy.
“It is crucial, therefore, that all Zambians continue to enjoy the right to meet peacefully and express their views freely. Their ability to do so needs to be upheld by the police as necessary,” High Commissioner Thornton said.
“Every citizen should work for the protection of what people want. Allowing people to meet peacefully and freely is a hallmark of democracy and if such is suppressed, it will be strong trouble for the future.”
He said Britain supported the reinforcement of democracy, good governance and human rights in Zambia as its third goal in development assistance.
“The other goals we support in Zambia include the main one of improving the lives of the ordinary citizens and help the country achieve its own vision of being a prosperous middle income nation by 2030,” High Commissioner Thornton said.

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