HC Deb 10 March 1976 vol 907 c272W
33. Mr. John H. Osborn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects, as well as Dr. Lionel Cliffe of Sheffield, are held in detention under emergency regulations indefinitely without trial in Zambia; and whether he is satisfied that this detention and interrogation complies with international conventions on civil and human rights.

Mr. Ennals

No United Kingdom citizens are held under emergency regulations. Dr. Cliffe and one other are subject to Presidential Detention Orders under the Preservation of Public Security Regulations which are of indefinite duration and make no provision for trial. We are in contact with the Zambian authorities over both cases and do not consider that the evidence at present available concerning the period and conditions of the detention of these British subjects warrants accusations of violation by Zambia of civil and human rights. Zambia is not a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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