SADC lawyers urge Malawi to restore freedoms, rights

The SADC Lawyers’ Association has urged the Malawi government to restore basic freedoms and fundamental human rights to its citizens to avoid Malawi receding into yesteryears of Zimbabwe.

The group specifically cites press freedom and access by citizens to basic necessities such as fuel, food, foreign currency, adequate health and medical facilities and supplies.

The group said this during its 12th annual general meeting held in the Mozambican capital Maputo from August 4th – 6th.

The meeting was held under the theme “Towards, democratic elections and the peaceful transfer of power in the SADC region”

Participants included, bar leaders, judges, lawyers and civil society representatives from the SADC region and beyond.

Mutharika: Told to respect rule of law, rights and be democratic

The grouping also noted that the developments in Malawi strongly mirror those in Zimbabwe which were a precursor to years of the breakdown of the rule of law, interference with the judiciary, violations of fundamental rights and economic meltdown.

The Association also condemned the use of violence by Police against peaceful and unarmed demonstrators during the July 20th demonstrators, which resulted in the death of 18 people and the arrest of over 200 others.

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