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Malawi: Resurgence of killings and abductions of people with albinism a dangerous escalation

Cases of attacks on people with albinism in Malawi remain largely unresolved (library picture shown) © Amnesty International/Lawilink

Last week a 12-year-old escaped abduction and a 26-year-old was murdered Since November there have been seven recorded attacks against people with albinism ‘These attacks are fuelled by a culture of impunity’ - Muleya Mwananyanda The resurgence of killings and abductions of people with albinism marks a dangerous escalation in Malawi, Amnesty International and the Association of Persons with Albinism said today. Last week, a 12-year-old girl with albinism narrowly survived abduction by two unknown assailants, who broke into her home in Machinga district. The body of 26-year-old Saidi Dyton is

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Cyclone Idai: Tens of thousands of people still homeless one year on

Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique still affected by one of the southern hemisphere’s worst ever natural disasters
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Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique still affected by one of the southern hemisphere’s worst ever natural disasters Government rebuilding efforts across the three countries remains slow ‘Many of the people affected are experiencing the worst face of the climate crisis. They are barely surviving’ - Tigere Chagutah One year after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and tens of thousands of people are still trapped in appalling conditions with inadequate shelter or sanitation, Amnesty International said today. Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique between 14

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Malawi: authorities escalate crackdown with arrests of rights activists

Malawian authorities have mounted a crackdown on dissent ahead of the general election rerun on 19 May by arresting two prominent human rights activists, Amnesty International said today. Gift Trapence and Reverend McDonald Sembereka, who have been vocal critics of last year’s election, have been in police custody since yesterday after they were arrested in Lilongwe for threatening to march to the State House. An arrest warrant has been issued against a third activist, Timothy Mtambo. The activists are linked with local NGO, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition and have been leading national

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Malawi: petrol-bomb attack targets human rights activist

In response to a petrol-bomb attack on Malawian human rights defender Timothy Mtambo, which took place this morning, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: “This cowardly and malicious attack on Timothy Mtambo’s property is a clear act of intimidation, designed to deter him from carrying out his human rights work. “Timothy and his family narrowly escaped harm after three petrol bombs were thrown into his compound. One hit and torched his car, while the second was thrown at the gate and the last narrowly missed his house. “There must be

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Southern Africa: Leaders must ramp up efforts to stop people with albinism being killed for body parts

MALAWI ALBINISM © Malawi Presidency

Approximately 150 people with albinism have been killed in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique since 2014 ‘Violent attacks are fuelled by the false and dangerous myth that body parts of people with albinism can make someone rich’ – Deprose Muchena Amnesty International is urging leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ramp up efforts to protect the security of people with albinism, during the 39th meeting of the SADC, which is taking place this week. Approximately 150 people with albinism have been killed in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique

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Malawi elections: country must end impunity for killings and mutilation of people with albinism

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Malawi’s elections will take place in the context of longstanding criminal justice failures and widespread impunity for the killing of people with albinism, Amnesty International said today. Tomorrow (21 May) Malawians will vote in general elections that will combine presidential, national assembly and local government. One of the issues dominating the campaign is the unprecedented wave of killings and other human rights abuses against people with albinism. The number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to more than 163 cases, including 22 murders since November

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Cyclone Idai: international assistance urgently needed one month on

One month since Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe - killing more than 1,000 people, with many more still missing and feared dead, and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless - the international community needs to do more to help those affected, Amnesty International said today. Cyclone Idai first made landfall during the night of 14 March, leaving a trail of destruction across the three Southern African countries. To date, it has affected more than five million people, with children amongst the worst affected. Vital infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads, sanitation

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Cyclone Idai: Governments must ramp up rescue efforts and ensure adequate humanitarian assistance


With hundreds of people confirmed dead and thousands of others missing or displaced after a devastating cyclone hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi, Amnesty International is calling on foreign governments and regional leaders to ramp up rescue efforts. Hundreds of people remain trapped in the cyclone-hit areas, while some are still unaccounted for. Amnesty is urging the focus to be on saving people who are trapped, as well as ensuring that humanitarian assistance is provided so that people’s basic needs are met and their human rights protected. With the cyclone expected to move

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Malawi: Impunity fuels killing of people with albinism for body parts

The Malawian authorities must urgently overhaul the criminal justice system to protect people with albinism, who face the persistent threat of being killed for their body parts in a country where the vast majority of these horrific crimes remain unresolved and unpunished, Amnesty International said today. In its new briefing, ‘End violence against people with albinism: Towards effective criminal justice for people with albinism in Malawi’, Amnesty found that people with albinism face long delays in getting justice. Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism

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Apr 26 2018 1:21PM
President of Malawi visiting the Scottish Parliament

Scotland and Malawi have a special relationship that dates back hundreds of years to the explorer David Livingston. Thanks to these connections the two countries have well established social, cultural and economic ties. From Scotland...

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