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Indigenous Peoples

Zambia, English

The State shall, in the utilisation of natural resources and management of the environment—

e. protect and enhance the intellectual property in, and indigenous knowledge of, biodiversity and genetic resources of local communities;
… (Art. 257)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English

The national values and principles are—
...
d. human dignity, equity, social justice, equality and non-discrimination;
… (Art. 8)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English


13. In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions importing the masculine gender includes females.
… (Art. 139)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English

1. Subject to clauses (4), (5) and (7), no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.
2. Subject to clauses (6), (7) and (8), no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by any person acting by virtue of any written law or in the performance of the functions of any public office or any public authority.
3. In this Article the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable, wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, tribe, sex, place of origin, marital status, political opinions, colour or creed whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
4. Clause (1) shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision-

c. with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other matters of personal law;
d. for the application in the case of members of a particular race or tribe, of customary law with respect to any matter to the exclusion of any law with respect to that matter which is applicable in the case of other persons; or
e. whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in clause (3) may be subjected to any disability or restriction or may be accorded any privilege or advantage which, having regard to its nature and to special circumstances pertaining to those persons or to persons of any other such description is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.
5. Nothing contained in any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of clause (1) to the extent that it is shown that it makes reasonable provision with respect to qualifications for service as a public officer or as a member of a disciplined force or for the service of a local government authority or a body corporate established directly by any law.
6. Clause (2) shall not apply to anything which is expressly or by necessary implication authorised to be done by any such provision or law as is referred to in clause (4) or (5).
7. Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes provision whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in clause (3) may be subjected to any restriction on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by Articles 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22, being such a restriction as is authorised by clause (2) of Article 17, clause (5) of Article 19, clause (2) of Article 20, clause (2) of Article 21 or clause (3) of Article 22, as the case may be.
8. Nothing in clause (2) shall affect any discretion relating to the institution, conduct or discontinuance of civil or criminal proceedings in any court that is vested in any person by or under this Constitution or any other law. (Art. 23)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English

It is recognised and declared that every person in Zambia has been and shall continue to be entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed, sex or marital status, but subject to the limitations contained in this Part3, to each and all of the following, namely:
a. life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;
… (Art. 11)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English

In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires—

• “discrimination” means directly or indirectly treating a person differently on the basis of that person’s birth, race, sex, origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, tribe, pregnancy, health, or marital, ethnic, social or economic status;
... (Art. 266)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zambia, English

WE, THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA:

CONFIRM the equal worth of women and men and their right to freely participate in, determine and build a sustainable political, legal, economic and social order; … (Preamble)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zambia, English

1. The guiding values and principles of the public service include the following—

j. adequate and equal opportunities for appointments, training and advancement of members of both gender and members of all ethnic groups; … (Art. 173)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zambia, English

WE, THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA:

CONFIRM the equal worth of women and men and their right to freely participate in, determine and build a sustainable political, legal, economic and social order; … (Preamble)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zambia, English

1. Where a person is empowered to make a nomination or an appointment to a public office, that person shall ensure—

b. that fifty percent of each gender is nominated or appointed from the total available positions, unless it is not practicable to do so; ... (Art. 259)