LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) _ Jesse Jackson, a new U.S. envoy to Africa, expressed dismay Wednesday at reports that some of those detained in Zambia after a failed coup had been tortured.
President Frederick Chiluba’s government would better inspire investor confidence if human rights were respected, Jackson said as he arrived in this Central African nation for a two-day visit.
``A country has to be committed to human rights, freedom of expression, a free press and democracy, because these are prerequisites for investment,″ Jackson said.
He urged Chiluba to take immediate action on a report by the state-run Zambia Human Rights Commission that seven of 87 people detained in connection with a coup attempt Oct. 28 had been tortured.
Jackson planned to meet with Chiluba, the Human Rights Commission, opposition parties, the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission and its Privatization Agency.
He arrived from Kenya, where he called for free elections.