People in Mpulungu, Zambia.  Editorial credit: Robin Nieuwenkamp /


Zambia’s political system features regular multiparty elections, and some civil liberties are respected. However, opposition parties face onerous legal and practical obstacles to fair competition, and the government regularly invokes restrictive laws to curb freedom of expression and ban peaceful demonstrations and meetings. Political violence remains a problem.

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Freedom in the World — Zambia Country Report

Zambia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net— Zambia Country Report

Zambia is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.