A senior government official says Malawi has beautiful laws on paper but lacks enforcement that has led to high levels of gender based violence and brutal killings of people with an albinism.
Chief State Advocate Pacharo Kayira said there was need for state enforcing agencies to ensure implementation of the laws to reverse the trend.
Reports from the ministry of Gender and other organisations indicate gender based violence is on record high in Malawi.
The reports also indicate killings of people with albinism is steadily increasing making Malawi one of the unsafe places for people with albinism to live in.
Kayira said Malawi has relevant laws to deal with the vice only that. Implementation of the laws is very poor.
“These issues border on human rights therefore there is need to do more to enforce the human rights laws,” said Kayira ahead of an international human rights indaba in Africa.
“On paper, our laws are very good; on women, child rights, disability, they are very progressive but implementation is the problem,” he said.
He said Malawi will present a paper on the state of human rights in Malawi at the human rights summit.
Despite stiff and prohibiting penalties of long custodial sentences, Malawian men continue to rape women, sexually assault young girls, beat up wives, attack and kill people with albinism and trade their bones and kill the elderly suspected to be witches.