Detaining someone without cause is against the law in Zambia. But the country's police continue to do this, specifically targeting the female relatives of a suspect, in an attempt to gather information or force the suspect out into the open, rights activists say. Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA) executive director Matrine Chuulu says the illegal detentions are an abuse of power and a blatant violation of people's rights. WILSA provides free legal aid to women and is now leading the campaign against illegal detention. "It's ironic that the very institutions that are supposed to protect are the ones violating people." Chuulu says police have taken advantage of the power they have in society. "The police need to know that they are not above the law." (Inter Press Service)

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