Tags: MHRC

MHRC, law expert fault  govt on moratorium

  The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has joined those calling as unconstitutional the move by government to suspend the country’s anti-homosexuality laws using a moratorium issued by a Cabinet minister. Following the arrest of a suspected gay couple in Lilongwe recently, government bowed down to pressure from local and international rights groups calling for…

Saving minors from danger

  While sections 74 and 75 of the Constitution of Malawi prohibit both employment and allowing young persons aged below 18 to buy and drink beer or do any sexual activities in premises licensed to sell beer, the story at most pubs in the country is discouraging. In Chirimba and Kachere townships in Blantyre and…

MHRC ‘incapacitation’ worries rights activists

  Human rights activists have expressed worry over continued delays by authorities to finalise appointments of commissioners of the taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) after some civil society organisations (CSOs) queried the procedure. In August this year, President Peter Mutharika appointed seven MHRC commissioners—six men and one woman—following submission from stakeholders to his office.…

Govt appoints Nice Trust board

Government has appointed a new 11-member board of trustees of the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust. They include legal practitioner Zolomphi Nkowani, who is also lecturer in law at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College; Auda Msiska, director of finance and administration at Roads Authority (RA); Safari Mbewe, executive director for Malawi Network of…

Address prisoners’ special needs, MHRC urges govt

Constitutionally established Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has asked government to address unique and special needs conditions vulnerable prisoners are facing in the country’s prisons. MHRC executive secretary Grace Malera made the remarks in an interview in Blantyre yesterday when the commission conducted a monitoring exercise specifically targeting children and prisoners with disabilities at Chichiri…

MHRC queries DPP’s victory

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has described the May 20 Tripartite Elections as lacking fairness, transparency and credibility and questioned the legitimacy of the eventual winner and incumbent President Peter Mutharika. But Mutharika’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has reacted angrily to the release of the report, saying the elections were “a closed chapter”. The party…

MHRC faults President on dismissals

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has faulted President Peter Mutharika for his recent ‘firing’ of officers from the public service, arguing some were done in “a manner that did not meet the requirements of procedural and substantive justice”. MHRC has since urged the President to desist from actions seen as politically motivated in dealing…

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…

Malawi President Joyce Banda has asked the High Court to dismiss an injunction that effectively stopped her from distributing maize to underprivileged Malawians which was happening during the campaign period. Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) sought the injunction which was granted by the High Court in Blantyre, stopping the President from personally distributing public…

MHRC demands progress on Lutepo case

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to update Malawians on the progress of theft and money laundering cases against businessperson and former People’s Party (PP) senior member Osward Lutepo. Lutepo was arrested last November on suspicion that his companies were involved in theft of public resources and…

MHRC writes MEC to rectify anomalies

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has written Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) asking them to rectify anomalies experienced in the just-ended first phase of the voter’s roll verification exercise where names went missing and very few voters went to centres to verify their details. The commission wrote MEC following a monitoring exercise they undertook of…