MEDIA ADVISORY: ZAMBIA HIGH COURT TO DECIDE CASE ON PRISON CONDITIONS

Salc : Staff Writer

14 May, 2015

Lusaka—On Friday 15 May, the High Court in Lusaka is expected to deliver judgment in a case against the Attorney General. The case concerns two HIV-positive prisoners who challenged the poor prison conditions and lack of adequate food in Lusaka Central Prison as violations of their constitutional rights.

The case was commenced in 2012 by two HIV-positive inmates who are legally represented by the Legal Resources Foundation. The two inmates who are on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment alleged that they experienced a lack of adequate food, abysmal prison conditions and barriers to accessing HIV treatment in Lusaka Central Prison. They argued that these conditions violated, among others, their rights to life and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment. The government denied their allegations.

The trial was concluded in December 2013. The two inmates have since been released after one of them was pardoned and the other completed his sentence.

What: The High Court deliver judgment in the Lusaka Central Prison Case, M and Another v Attorney General 

Where: High Court, Lusaka, Zambia

When: Friday, 15 May 2015, 09:00

For more information:

Felix Mwanza, National Director, Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC); Tel: +260 211 236 278; Cell +260 977 565 644; Email: felixtalc@iconnect.zm

Annabel Raw, Health Rights Lawyer, Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC); Tel: +27(0)10 596 8538; Cell: +27 83 784 8496; Email:AnnabelR@salc.org.za

Mr Likezo Mungambata (Lawyer) Legal Resources Foundation (LRF); Tel: +260 211 221 263; Email: lrf@zamtel.zm

For Twitter updates: @Follow_SALC  #LusakaCentralPrison

For background on the casehttps://www.southernafricalitigationcentre.org/cases/ongoing-cases/zambia-right-to-food-for-hiv-positive-prisoners/