We applaud Senator Markey for taking leadership on this important and timely human rights issue. This legislation would solidify the United States’ commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people around the world.
This is a continuation of the government crackdown and retaliation against activists who engaged in the January 2011 Revolution. The sentence against Mr. Abdel Fattah represents a blatant violation of freedom of association and expression and intensifies political polarization and instability
In advance of U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington August 5-6, Freedom House and four other human rights groups will convene a U.S.-Africa Civil Society Forum June 18-20 to focus attention on governance and human rights issues that should be highlighted during the leaders’ summit.
Such incidents only serve to create a chilling effect on free expression and the exchange of ideas in Zambia, at a time when open debate on issues such as the constitution-making process and the health of the economy are critically important.