Zambia: Why is organizing a protest so difficult?
01 November 2023 | 3:35 pm
In Zambia, the right to assemble is guaranteed under the consitution but the reality is often different. Police are accused of infringing civil rights by withholding permits. But what needs to be done to change this?
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