Tags: CHRR

APM’s new pain: gays

  Already panting under public spending criticism from donors, the Peter Mutharika administration has again pricked its benefactors’ backsides: sliding on human rights by arresting two alleged homosexuals soon after freezing such actions. The arrest by police at Kanengo in Lilongwe last week of 19-year-old Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani, 39, on allegations that they…

Gay men claim ill-treatment

  Two gay men on Friday explained to lawyers about the ill-treatment they get from police and the public because of their sexual orientation. The duo expressed their sentiments when Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) organised a two-day sensitisation and capacity building workshop on lesbian,…

CSO’s dare APM

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have accused the Peter Mutharika administration of lacking vision and leadership in steering the nation from the brink of collapse. The CSOs’ argue in a statement issued today that the sad state of the country’s democratic and economic governance, water as well as electricity crisis, attest to that failure. The…

Adhere to ethics, health workers told

Health workers in the country have been urged to adhere to the professional code of ethics to ensure inclusive and efficient service delivery. Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) research and training coordinator Michael Kaiyatsa gave the advice on Saturday in Mangochi when presenting findings of the survey on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex…

APM’S salary goes up by 80%

Vice, ministers and MPs all get hefty rises Government has raised the salary of President Peter Mutharika, his Vice Saulos Chilima and his 20 Cabinet ministers as well MPs by hefty percentages, Weekend Nation can reveal. This is despite the President promising Malawians in August that he had no intention of reviewing his salary “anytime…

CSOs fault health allocation in zero-aid budget

Civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the public health, HIV and Aids management sector have expressed dissatisfaction with the 8.8 percent of the K742 billion of 2014/15 National Budget allocated to the health sector. In an interview on Wednesday, Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) executive director Martha Kwataine said the network is not happy because…

NGOs suspect conspiracy in MEC fire

Two human rights’ groups have expressed doubt on the genuineness of the fire incident that destroyed disputed votes for Lilongwe City South East Constituency at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in Lilongwe on Monday night. Unknown people set ablaze the warehouse where assorted election materials were stored. Security guards around the premises during the…

Malawi CSOs raise rights concerns at UN

Malawi Civil society organisations (CSOs) on Monday met the United Nations Human Rights Committee to provide an alternative position on the human rights situation in Malawi, mainly focusing on the discrimination of sexual minorities. During the meeting, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence pleaded with the committee to impress on the Malawi Government to…

Activists outline Peter’s obstacles

Commentators have advised newly elected President Peter Mutharika to immediately guide the country on how he will deal with obstacles such as plunder of public resources and atrocities committed during the previous reign of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In his inaugural speech at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Monday, Mutharika spoke strongly against…

Cedep, CHRR criticise presidential debate absentees

Centre for Development of People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) have condemned presidential candidates who did not show up at the Tuesday’s first presidential debate in Lilongwe. According to Cedep executive director Gift Trapence, they are disappointed with those two major political parties that failed to attend what he described as…