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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 Banda announced her intention to overturn Malawi’s law banning homosexuality and repealed a section of Malawi’s penal code that banned all publication not to be deemed in the public interest.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 the vast majority of these horrific crimes remain unresolved and unpunished, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Since November 2014, the number …

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.

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.

June 6, 2016 • Press Release

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.

May 5, 2016 • Press Release

Authorities must put end to killing spree of people with albinism in Malawi

Malawian authorities must take immediate action to stop the ritual killings of people with albinism following the discovery of two more mutilated bodies in the past week, Amnesty International said today.

April 15, 2016 • Press Release

Malawi: Murder of baby with albinism highlights failure to protect vulnerable group

The horrific murder of a two-year-old girl with albinism highlights the failure by the Malawi’s authorities to adequately protect this vulnerable group, said Amnesty International following the discovery of her skull, teeth and the clothes she was wearing in Balantha Hill in Kasungu district.

March 3, 2016 • Press Release

Malawi: Discovery of head of boy with albinism exposes protection failures

The sickening discovery of the severed head of a nine-year-old boy with albinism in Malawi shows the grave risk to life and personal security faced by people with albinism and the urgent need for the authorities to provide adequate protection to this vulnerable minority group, said Amnesty International today.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

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.