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Joint CSO statement on the arrest and detention of ActionAid Zambia's chair

Mr Partner Siabutuba

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, strongly condemn the arrest and detention of ActionAid Zambia and Zitukule Consortium chairperson Mr Partner Siabutuba in Choma, Zambia on 10 March. 

At the time of this statement, Mr Siabutuba was being detained detained without charge, without any indications as to what the cause of his arrest is.

We urge the police in Choma to either release Mr Siabutuba immediately or formally charge him with an offence. We stand in solidarity with Mr Siabutuba and urge the observance of human rights and rule of law with regard to his arrest and detention.

Signed for and on behalf of:

ActionAid Zambia

Alliance for Community Action

Caritas Zambia

Chapter One Foundation

Centre for Trade Policy and Development

GEARS Zambia

Peoples' Action for Accountability and Good Governance Zambia

Transparency International Zambia

Zambia Council for Social Development