By Christopher Chisi
The Human Rights Commission has re-assured that it will continue executing its constitutional mandate of investigating and reporting on the observance of rights and freedoms and also taking necessary steps to secure appropriate redress where rights and freedoms are violated.
Commission Spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya says, where necessary and possible, the commission will conduct public hearings on complaints of gross and systematic human rights violations so as to facilitate securing the right to the truth concerning gross human rights violations and the dignity of victims.
This is in light of the international day for the right to the truth concerning gross human rights violations and for the dignity of victims which falls on 24 March.
The day was declared by the UN in 2010 in honour of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and to promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.
And Muleya feels there could have been no better way of commemorating this day for the country than the on-going inquest on the death of the fourth year University of Zambia female student, Vespers Shimunzhila, who died during a night police operation on 5th October 2018.