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 narrow political space. In 2021, Zambia experienced its third democratic transfer of power when the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) won presidential and legislative elections.
Freedom in the World — Zambia Country Report
Zambia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
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.
News & Perspectives on Zambia
Zambia’s 'New Dawn' Should Extend to Digital Rights
December 7, 2021
Report Reveals Attacks against Freedom of Association in Many African Countries
May 13, 2019
Zambia: Government Suspends Three Broadcasters Post-Election
August 22, 2016
As Elections Near, Zambia Faces Rising Violence
July 28, 2016