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Malawi Research Report: ‘We get traumatised in different ways’

In February 2020, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Nyasa Rainbow Alliance held a consultation with individuals who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in Blantyre, Malawi. At this consultation, community members shared their lived experiences and identified numerous instances of discrimination and social exclusion related to their…
Annual Reports and NewslettersCriminal JusticeLesothoMalawiNewsSADCSouth Africa

Petty Offences Newsletter: Digest of Campaign Activities in September 2020

In September 2020, the Regional Campaign to Decriminalise Petty Offences hosted a virtual conference entitled Policing Pandemics, Balancing Rights. The conference communique and recordings of the conference are available online, for 14 September 2020, 15 September 2020, and 16 September 2020. Snippets from some of the conference presentations are included in…
Staff Writer
9 Oct 2020
Children's RightsMalawiNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

News Release: Challenge to use of Defilement Offences against Adolescents Engaged in Consensual Sex in Malawi

Blantyre, 26 August 2020 – Yesterday, the Child Justice Court sitting in Blantyre, Malawi, issued an order for a stay of criminal proceedings against an adolescent boy who was charged with the offence of defilement pending determination of the High Court on the constitutionality of the offence. Currently, section 138(1)…
Staff Writer
26 Aug 2020
Criminal JusticeHealth RightsMalawiNews

CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR THE URGENT DECONGESTION OF PRISONS AFTER COVID-19 CASES REGISTERED IN CHICHIRI AND MZIMBA PRISONS

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 Mzimba Prison where a prison officer tested positive for COVID-19.…
Staff Writer
17 Jul 2020
Children's RightsMalawiOngoing casesSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

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, insofar as it criminalises consensual sex between adolescents in Malawi. It is illegal to have sex with a girl under the age of 16 in Malawi, and there are no exceptions…
Staff Writer
3 Jul 2020
Children's RightsCriminal JusticeFocus areasHealth RightsMalawiNews

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT CALLING FOR DECONGESTION OF MALAWI PRISONS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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 State President announced new measures that the Government will undertake…