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Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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Zambia: 1. Please provide any reports of human sacrifice in Zambia in last six years. 2. Deleted. 3. Is there any law in Zambia which states that Chiefs cannot be prosecuted in a court of law?

2 April 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Zambia: 1. Please provide information on state protection in Zambia, with a particular focus on the functioning and effectiveness of the police service with respect to its capability, opportunity and willingness to provide protection.

31 October 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Zambia: 1. Please provide background and demographic information on the ethnic composition of Zambia and in particular the Tonga speaking people. Please include where they come from, what is their level of adherence to their traditional beliefs, and what is their relationship and standing within the modern Zambian community. 2. Please provide information on the customs and traditions associated with the death customs of the Tonga speaking people of Zambia. 3. Please advise the status of, the extent of and the legality of polygamy in Zambia. 4. Please provide some background information on Chief Hamusonde's chiefdom in the Monze District of southern Zambia. For example, what is it and how does it relate to other chiefdoms and Zambia generally? 5. Deleted. 6. Deleted. 7. Please provide information on the "cleansing ritual", the "naming ritual" and the "property grabbing" (presumably distribution of deceased estates) in Zambia. 8. Please provide information on local laws regarding "cleansing rituals", including whether the law permits it and whether the law requires condoms be used during such rituals. 9. Please discuss whether there are songs played on radio and television in Zambia regarding "unclean widows" called "Muka-mfwilwa", and how they warn men to stay away from them and how it encourages women to go back to their in-laws and be cleansed. 10. Please provide information on "widowed women in Zambia" as a possible particular social group. 11. Please provide information on the treatment of women and especially widows in the Tonga speaking ethnic group in Zambia. 12. Please provide information on the existence and activities of the women's lobby group in Lusaka. 13. Please provide general information on the effectiveness of police and state protection, and the extent of corruption in Zambia, particularly in respect to the protection of widowed or single women

24 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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