Malawi Human Rights

In April 2012, Vice President Joyce Banda took office after President Mutharika died in office. President Banda was lauded for implementing a series of economic and political reforms. Less than a month after taking office, Dr. Banda announced her intention to overturn Malawi’s law banning homosexuality and repealed a section of Malawi’s penal code that banned all publication not to be deemed in the public interest. In working to repair Malawi’s international relations, Dr. Banda gained favor with some international donors for announcing she would arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir should be step onto Malawi soil. On the economic front, Dr. Banda devalued the Malawian kwacha and sold the presidential jet in order to reduce government spending. Despite backing by the International Monetary Fund, the resulting inflation from devaluation caused protests that made Banda unpopular at home. Overall, Banda’s initial actions restored domestic and international confidence in Malawi.

Malawians go to the polls on May 20, 2014 to vote in tripartite elections that include presidential, legislative and local levels of government. Donors and civil society are pressuring the government to act on high levels of corruption that came to light in September 2014 in the Cashgate scandal. A series of fraudulent transactions using the Malawian government payment system resulted in the theft of nearly 50 million USD. Although the scandal can be traced back to the previous administration, corruption proved to be rampant throughout high level government offices including the security sector and the judiciary. In addition to Cashgate, issues regarding agriculture subsidies, food security and nepotism are dominating the debate in the election campaign.

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June 27, 2018 • Report

End violence against people with albinism: Towards effective criminal justice for people with albinism in Malawi

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 …

June 6, 2016 • Report

Malawi: Killing spree of people with albinism fuelled by ritual practices and policing failures

A surge in killings of people with albinism, whose body parts are used in ritual practices, has exposed a systematic failure of policing in Malawi and left this vulnerable group living in fear, Amnesty International reveals in a new report published today.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

June 24, 2013 • Report

Making Love a Crime: Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report provides an analysis of the legal environment and wider context of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent years have seen increasing reports of people being harassed, marginalized, discriminated against and attacked because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

May 21, 2013 • Report

Annual report: Malawi 2013

REPUBLIC OF MALAWI Head of state and government Joyce Banda (replaced Bingu wa Mutharika) Harassment and intimidation of government critics continued in the early part of the year. Following the …

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Malawi 2010

Head of state and government Bingu wa Mutharika Death penalty abolitionist in practice Population 15.3 million Life expectancy 52.4 years Under-5 mortality (m/f) 125/117 per 1,000 Adult literacy 71.8 per …

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

Armed conflicts and state repression in Africa fuel cocktail of human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA: Protesters across sub-Saharan Africa have braved bullets and beatings to defend their rights in the face of continuing conflict and state repression, Amnesty International said today …

March 10, 2017 • Press Release

Malawi: Step up action to end ritual murders of people with albinism

The Malawian authorities must step up action to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for ritual murders, Amnesty International said today, following another attack in the country’s capital Lilongwe.

June 13, 2016 • Press Release

Rights of people with albinism must be guaranteed in Malawi

Malawian officials must live up to their promises to end violence against people with albinism and tackle discrimination against this group, Amnesty International said on International Albinism Awareness Day.