Malawi

17 Jul 2020 Staff Writer
CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR THE URGENT DECONGESTION OF PRISONS AFTER COVID-19 CASES ...

We the undersigned organizations reiterate our call for the immediate decongestion of prisons following two confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Mzimba and Chichiri Prison. On 14 July 2020, the Malawi Prison Service registered its first case of COVID-19 at…

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03 Jul 2020 Staff Writer
MALAWI: CHALLENGING CRIMINALISATION OF ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY...

SALC is working with Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) – Malawi in a challenge to  the law of defilement in s138 of the Penal Code,inasfar as it  criminalises consensual sex between adolescents in Malawi. It is illegal to have sex with a girl under the age…

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18 Jun 2020 Amanda Shivamba
In the lead-up to Malawi’s election ‘re-run’, its Government is in free fa...

On 17 June, SALC's intern, Nicholas Bugeja's article titled " In the lead-up to Malawi's election re-run, its Government is in free fall" was published in the Independant Australia In the latest episode of Malawi’s increasingly fraught presidential election, President…

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15 Jun 2020 Amanda Shivamba
Joint Statement on the Threats Against the Independence of Judges in Malawi...

On 15 June 2020, civil society issued a joint statement calling upon Chief Justice Hon. Andrew Nyirenda and Hon. Judge Edward Twea to continue with their functions as judicial officers, and calling on the executive branch of the government of…

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28 Apr 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi: Human rights during a lockdown...

The Weekend Nation 25 April 2020 Victor Mhango from the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) and Anneke Meerkotter and Chikondi Chijozi from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre SALC) Malawi’s 2020 Public Health (Corona Virus Prevention, Containment…

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09 Apr 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT CALLING FOR DECONGESTION OF MALAWI PRISONS AMID CO...

9 April 2020, Malawi - We the undersigned organisations commend His Excellency, The State President, Arthur Peter Mutharika for including prison decongestion as one of the measures to combat COVID-19 in Malawi. In his Presidential Address on 4 April 2020, the…

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18 Mar 2020 Staff Writer
Joint Statement: CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS CALL FOR THE URGENT DECONGESTION OF...

With the COVID-19 pandemic having been declared a global emergency, the is an urgent need to address the high levels of congestion in Malawi prisons. The Malawi Government has appointed a Special Cabinet Committee on Coronavirus effective 7 March 2020,…

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19 Feb 2020 Amanda Shivamba
SALC IN THE NEWS: Malawian LGBTI activist ‘unlawfully’ arrested and ...

On the 18th February 2020, Dispatch Live reported: A Malawian LGBTI activist was arrested and detained by police at the weekend after being asked for proof of his immigration status in South Africa. Eric Sambisa, director of Nyasa Rainbow Alliance,…

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18 Feb 2020 Amanda Shivamba
Joint Statement Calling For The Immediate Release of Eric Sambisa...

17 February 2020 - On Saturday 15th February, Eric Sambisa, Director of Nyasa Rainbow Alliance and prominent Malawian LGBTI activist was arrested and detained by the South African Police Services. Mr Sambisa entered the country on Sunday 9 February to…

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10 Feb 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi’s Rastafarians win landmark dreadlock ruling...

CGTN Africa 9 February 2020 Makeda Mbewe was just six years old when she was kicked out of her primary school in Malawi for wearing her hair in the dreadlocks of her Rastafarian religion. Two years later, she is back…

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15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
NEWS RELEASE: MALAWI HIGH COURT GRANTS ORDER IN FAVOUR OF RASTAFARI SCHOOL CHILD...

14 January 2020 – On 14 January 2020, the High Court of Malawi in Zomba granted an interlocutory injunction compelling the Minister of Education to allow all children of Rastafari religion, who have dreadlocks, to enroll into Government Schools pending…

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15 Jan 2020 Anneke Meerkotter
SALC JOURNAL ARTICLE: LITIGATING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF POOR AND MARGINALISED ...

PUBLISHED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW CAVEAT Anneke Meerkotter 74 U. Miami L. Rev. Caveat 1 (2020). Abstract For centuries, and across the world, penal laws have been used to regulate urban spaces, with a cruel focus on…

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