LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Zambia’s official human rights body on Monday
expressed concern over the inordinately long detention of
illegal immigrants and foreigners convicted of crime, calling it
a human rights violation.
“The Ministry of
Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs should make resources
available to the Immigration Department for removing or
deportation of prohibited immigrants or foreign nationals who
have served their sentences in Zambia, as the case maybe,”
Mudford Mwandenga, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission,
said during the release of the results of an investigation the
panel conducted on detention and correctional facilities from
August 2017 to early August 2018.
visited select correctional facilities to assess levels of
compliance with the Nelson Mandela Rules, which are the United
Nations minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners.
focused on difficulties in accessing bail, maladministration of
justice for detainees, deportation and removal orders for
foreign nationals in dentition facilities, delayed consent by
prosecution and delayed judgments.
The commission found
27 cases of delayed deportation and removal of foreigners from
Mwandenga said over
1,000 cases of human rights violations were identified, out of
which nearly half were successfully resolved after the