This report was written by Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys, Bernstein fellow in the Health and Human Rights division at Human Rights Watch, based on research by the author and Megan McLemore, researcher, Rebecca Shaeffer, Kroll Family fellow, and Darin Portnoy, consultant, in the Health and Human Rights division at Human Rights Watch; Nyaradzo Chari-Imbayago, advocacy coordinator at ARASA; and Chris Mumba, treatment literacy officer at the Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign.
The report was edited by Joseph Amon, director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. It was reviewed by Megan McLemore; Rebecca Schleifer, advocacy director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch; Janet Walsh, deputy director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch; Bill Frelick, director of the Refugee Policy Program at Human Rights Watch; Rona Peligal, deputy director of the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch; Juliane Kippenberg, senior researcher in the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch; Dipika Nath, researcher in the LGBT Rights Division at Human Rights Watch; Godfrey Malembeka, executive director of PRISCCA; Michaela Clayton, director of ARASA; Aisling Reidy, senior legal advisor at Human Rights Watch; and Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch.
Kathleen Myer, consultant with the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, assisted with data entry and analysis; research into donor activities in Zambia was conducted by Sarah Pierce, intern with the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. Mignon Lamia, associate in the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, provided editing and production assistance. Anna Lopriore, creative manager and photo editor, Kyle Knight, associate in the Children’s Rights Division, Grace Choi, publications director, and Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, all of Human Rights Watch, provided production assistance. Human Rights Watch would also like to thank Giulio Frigieri for the creation and design of the map and João Silva for photography.
A number of people provided invaluable assistance in the research and preparation of this report. Special thanks go to Godfrey Malembeka, himself a former prisoner, who provided coordination for the research mission and interpretation, as well as to Kelvin Musonda, Shadreck Lubita, Rodgers Siyingwa, and George Chikoti of PRISCCA, who served as interpreters and provided coordination assistance. PRISCCA, ARASA, and Human Rights Watch also acknowledge the assistance of the Zambia Prisons Service in permitting access to prison facilities, especially the Commissioner Gibbie Nawa, Deputy Commissioner Frederick Chilukutu, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs for clearing researchers and granting authority for this research.
PRISCCA, ARASA, and Human Rights Watch thank all of the individuals who agreed to be interviewed for this report. We are particularly grateful to all of the prisoners and prison officers whom we met and interviewed. Their willingness to share information and their experiences with us made this report possible.