SACCORD advises UPND to sue individual police officers who brutalised them

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) to take legal action on individual police officers that are alleged to have assaulted its members.

The UPND is considering complaining to the United Nations on what they term as human rights abuses by the Patriotic Front government, following the beating up by police of its members during a demonstration on Wednesday.

SACCORD information officer Obby Chibuluma says although the UN system provides for citizens of member states to raise concerns of human rights violation with the human rights council; they risk not getting the necessary justice.

Mr. Chibuluma says the decisions made within the UN system may not be binding but mere political statements.

Speaking to QFM, Mr. Chibuluma says the best the UPND can do is to lay individual assault charges on the involved police officers including the Lusaka Police commissioner Charity Katanga.

He says it is more appropriate for the UPND to get judgment from the local courts rather that going through the international system.

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