DPP human rights violations dent Malawi record – US report

A United States (US) Department of State report, covering the year 2019 under the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has exposed human rights violations in Malawi.

Under DPP rule, Malawi was marked by significant human rights violations including extrajudicial killings such as the death in police custody of Buleya Lule

The report, issued by the US Embassy on Thursday, shows that during the period, Malawi was marked by significant human rights violations including extrajudicial killings such as the death in police custody of Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction and killing of a person with albinism, as well as the torture and arbitrary detention committed by official security forces.

It also adds harsh and life-threatening prison and detention centre conditions, significant acts of corruption, lack of investigation and enforcement in cases of violence against girls and women but also criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct.

According to the report, government efforts to deal with the problem was hampered by high levels of impunity.

Reads the statement in part: “Significant human rights issues included: extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary detention committed by official security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison and detention centre conditions; significant acts of corruption;

“Lack of investigation and enforcement in cases of violence against girls and women, including rape and domestic violence, partly due to weak enforcement; trafficking in persons; and criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct. In some cases, the government took steps to prosecute officials who committed abuses, but impunity remained a problem.”

The banning of call in programmes on radio by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority has been listed as an issues which impeded the right of expression in the immediate past administration.

Meanwhile, Malawi Human Rights Commission has been persuaded to continue monitoring the state of human rights in the country, but also civic educate the masses on such matters.

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Yobe Saikonde
Yobe Saikonde
1 month ago

DPP ndiyankhanza bas

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

USA should have said this in the runner up to the May 21 2019 elections.
By the way, has USA the right to accuse others about human rights abuses when they are in the forefront killing innocent people whose crime is being of African or Latino origin. Look at George Floyd case.

Lachi40
Lachi40
1 month ago

DPP had no respect for rule of law and its good they are gone. If Tonse mess up lets others come in but not DPP, it will be a big mistske.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

Has the ban on call-in programs been lifted now? Just askin’.

Mine
Mine
1 month ago

What a joke mmene mukumaphelana paliponse kwanuko ndi mfuti si violation of human rights, we are better off items of peace here than you .nenani zaumphawi tinva

Cairo
Cairo
1 month ago
Reply to  Mine

You can say that again and again. George Floyd case is in court and what is the organisation saying, nothing but busy publishing human rights records of other countries, nonsense.

Lego
1 month ago
Reply to  Mine

That is out of point bra.Learn to differentiate what is on the topic and what you are saying.Can you justify on what happened to Lule Buleya?

Mbujengwe
Mbujengwe
1 month ago

Are people free to speak now? The ruthless crocodiles will feast on you. The violent mtambos who violated the rights of many peace loving Malawians are now with the crocodiles yet you are pointing fingers at DPP. Hypocrisy at its best.

Lego
1 month ago
Reply to  Mbujengwe

Don’t mix the topic and your hatred of a particular person.

Sikelo
Sikelo
1 month ago
Reply to  Mbujengwe

MbuZi yamano kunsi iwe!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

That’s the reason this evil party of brothers (the dead dictator and the other in Mangochi) will never rule Malawi again. For the dustbin 🗑 now.

Cairo
Cairo
1 month ago

Nonsense and u r very stupid. You have forgotten already what u MCP did to Malawians in your 31 year rule and even just two years ago and now. You have the dirtiest record and u r now just continuing were left.

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