Malawi CSOs report rights violations to UN: Abuses on sexual orientation

Civil society organisations (CSOs) met the UN rights committee in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday during the pre-session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and reported on the human rights situation in Malawi, mainly focusing on the discrimination of sexual minorities.

The Malawi CSOs leaders in Geneva

The Malawi CSOs leaders in Geneva

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence pleaded with the committee to impress on the Malawi Government to provide adequate protection against minorities.

Trapence urged the UN rights committee to make a strong recommendation to the Malawian Government to treat everyone in its territory with respect and as full bearers of rights, without discrimination of any kind, including on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

He said his organisation has registered 76 cases of abuse of people because of different sexual orientation despite a moratorium.

Said Trapence: “In the report [to the UN Human Rights Council], Malawi has chosen to ignore issues of gays when referring bad laws to the Malawi Law Commission, claiming they have no money.”

As the CSO are pushing for the country to abolish the statute that penalise the  homosexuality act, the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) suggested the need to revise the penalty of those found guilty of homosexuality to be condemned to death.  Currently the maximum jail term sentence for those found guilty by the courts is 14 years.

The organisations have since asked foreign missions based at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to press Malawi on recommendations on human rights obligations it has not implemented since 2010

About five CSOs y made statements on progress on access to justice, child rights, media freedom and free speech and protection of people with albinism.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation CHRR executive director Timothy Mtambo recommended that government should outline concrete plans to protect the rights of people with albinism.

Cedep and CHRR represented Communication Workers Union of Malawi, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre, Paralegal Advisory Services Institute, Youth Consultative Forum, Church and Society of CCAP Nkhoma Synod.

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Wamandasi
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Jobless people CSO, are so dangerous. They promote chsoes. They supported uprising in north Africa. Look what is happening now in that region. Form a political party, a think tank and operate wothbclear goals than being sent by white people. We can’t be independent when you’re a glorified slaves pocketing money from imperialists. I will believe you when you work, produce money and finance your cause. Otherwise you’re just puppets

ELECTORATE MZIKA
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Can these hypocrites leave our mother Malawi alone please.Go and stay in Geneva or wherever your Mathanyula/sodomy is legalised.We don’t need your satanic acts here.

mapiri yabwanyana says
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kodi ndifodya kapena chani?zoona anthu akulu akulu kuchoka kuno kupita kugeneva ndikukalankhula za gay?inu mulungu akuoneni ndithu.

segal seleman
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Hello malawi! Do not accept any stupidity in this country why do they not call those people to help the ophans and widles and the need, so they are busy wasting time with talking nonsence leave malawi is the country with full of God’s fear.

Malipeya
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AMISALA A PA MALAWI. HOW STUPID ARE YOU TO ADVOCATE KUGONANA KWA MPHONGO AND YET NONSE MUNAKWATIRA AKAZI ?????????? MULUNGU AKUKUWONANI

Young K
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Unpatriotic And Infidels .To HELL with your cursed donations .God will uplift mothermalawi

Peter Mathanyula Wakuba
Guest

To hell with your gay donors. APM has already declared that we will be using zero deficit budget from now on. Let’s see how your gay donors will be able to pressurize us when we’re not receiving their dirty money. Shit. Titibula amathanyula ife

Peter Mathanyula Wakuba
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4 grown men traveling to Geneva to promote ass fucking

Ichocho
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Im not going to take a christian approach like most of the people are doing.however,i find it irresponsible for any normal human being to go to and tell donors to punish his own country in the name of fighting for minority rights..have you ever done any study to findout whether malawians want this stupidity you are advocating for?should malawians starve just because a few selfish individuals want please the west whose ideologies are completely different from ours?ana opusa kufuna kusokoneza malawi wathu

chefourpence
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Materialistic unpatriotic Dogs

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