Three policemen sprinting past a burning barricade during a protests in Zambia


Shape of Zambia


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.”