Sitting in Strasbourg today, the European Parliament also passed human rights motions condemning South Sudan and Ethiopia, but on Zambia decided to take immediate action.
According to BBC live coverage, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have passed the three human rights motions they debated this morning, which:
-call for an investigation into the treatment of detained Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema
-call for the release of Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina
-condemn attacks on aid workers in during the civil war in South Sudan.
Debate on human rights motions
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The first motion expresses concern at the imprisonment of Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was detained last month on suspicion of treason.
Mr Hichilema is accused of obstructing the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu when it was travelling to a traditional ceremony.
The draft motion calls for a “prompt, impartial and thorough” investigation into allegations that he has been mistreated in prison.
It also urges the Zambian government to “continue its efforts to restore full media freedom”.
Earlier, Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Cretu told MEPs that the EU hopes to remain a “key partner” of Zambia, despite the “various challenges the country is facing”.