Petra asks UK to probe Malawi rights situation

People’s Transformation Party (Petra) UK wing has written the House of Commons to investigate the deterioarating human rights situation in Malawi.

British Labour MP for Nottingham north Graham Allen, said he shares concern for the deteriorating protection of human rights of Malawi’s citizens.

“Hopefully because of the world-wide publicity garnered by the arrest of Malawi’s human rights lawyer, Mr. Ralph kasambara, the government in the United Kingdom will see this as a call to take greater action to protect the human rights of Malawi’s citizens,” said MP Allen in a letter addressed to Petra UK wing chairperson Prisca Juma-Jere which was made available to Nyasa Times.

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The Labour MP said the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have emphasized the need for further improvements in human rights in Malawi.

Allen added in the letter that the FCO pointed out a lacking of protection in areas such as press freedom, freedom of assembly and speech and the rights of minority groups.

“In order for the citizens of Malawi to feel safe in their own country, it is vital that these basic human rights are protected,” reads the letter.

Allen assured Petra that he will continue to press the UK government to take action on this important matter.

He  stated that the deteriorating situation in Malawi has further been highlighted by the  arrest of Kasambara and the police’s refusal to release him after a court bail was dully issued.

“It is deplorable that Kasambara’s rights were stripped after the arrest and it serves as serves as an indication that human rights are not being defended by the Malawian government,” said Allen.

Meanwhile, the group is this weekend holding a meeting in Luton city .

Petra UK wing publicist Fides Jim Kachale said the political party meeting aims to discuss among other things the current Malawi situation on human rights and economic governance as the Malawi observes Matyrs Day on March 3

“We are inviting all Malawians, friends of Malawi and all concerned living in Luton town and the surrounding areas to come to our meeting this Saturday 3rd March to reflect on Malawi’s democracy as we celebrate the lives of those lost their lives fighting for freedom,” said Kachale.

According to Kachale, the meeting will be held at Luton Postels Club, 3 Dunstable road, Luton, Beds LU 1 1BJ from 3:00 O’clock in the afternoon and in the evening from 9: oo pm there will be a party.

Kachale disclosed that those wishing to travel from Nottingham to Luton must contact him on07786757077 or his vice, Fred Ponderani on 07503683416 for travel arrangement and those travelling from Manchester should contact Madalitso Makonyola on 07466833296.

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