Region: Southern Africa

Number of Trials: 1



Downtown Lusaka

In Zambia, CFJ’s partner the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic monitored the trial of six activists, including the musician PilAto, who were charged with violating the Public Order Act for an anti-corruption protest they organized.  While the defendants were acquitted, the Fairness Report on the case gave the trial a grade of ‘C,’ finding that “the proceedings were infected with prosecutorial misconduct in pursuing spurious charges based upon patently insufficient evidence.”


Between September and December 2018, TrialWatch monitored the trial of six activists in Zambia, who were arrested and charged in connection with an anti-corruption protest they organized in 2017. On December 21, 2018, the judge dismissed the charges and acquitted all six defendants.

See the Fairness Report