Zambian President Makes Convicted Rapist Women’s Ambassador

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu has appointed a singer who was to serve a 18-year sentence for rape as ambassador for violence against women. Clifford Dimba, known as General Kanene, was found guilty of attacking a 14-year-old girl, but was pardoned by President Lungu after serving a year in prison.

The singer’s new role conflicts with his involvements in two acts of violence against women since his release from prison. The decision to appoint him ambassador has provoked outrage from the United Nations Council of Human Rights which called for Dimba to be stripped of his title.

Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said: 'Such an outrageous release and appointment as an ambassador for the fight against gender-based violence not only traumatises the victim all over again but discourages other victims from reporting similar offences.

'The pardon and appointment undermine the strong message against sexual abuse of women and girls that was sent with the original sentence and trivialise the serious nature of these offences.

'Rather, Clifford Dimba has been placed in a prominent position and even portrayed as a role model to fight violence against women.'

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