The Transnational Human Rights Review


Misozi Lwatula

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English Abstract

Canada’s engagements with African states with regards to human rights began about five decades ago, and different countries in Africa have since benefited from such engagements. With Zambia specifically, such engagements have mainly centered along human rights issues. Recently, Canada has heavily invested in Zambia’s mining sector. This article explores Canada’s human rights engagements with Zambia. The article first reviews the economic performance of Zambia since its independence and the effect that this has had on the country. The article then looks at Canadian engagements with Zambia in terms of health, women’s rights, refugees’ rights and mining. It acknowledges that while Canada is actively involved in the advancement of human rights in Zambia, its engagements have not been as visible as those engagements undertaken by its sister Global North states/entities, such as the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, and the European Union. Nevertheless, the article acknowledges that the existence of this apparent gap may be due to the fact that there is not much visible literature detailing Canada’s aid relationship with Zambia. The article will thus assess the gaps in the literature in this regard and chart a future research agenda/path.