The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) remains one of the leading human rights non-governmental organisations in Malawi. It was founded in February 1995 as a non-profit organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962. Since its inception CHRR has championed its work at national level, SADC level through the SADC Human Rights Defenders Network at which it sits in the board, continental level through the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights using its observer status, and at UN level through different UN mechanisms such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCR).
The Centre for Development of the People (CEDEP) is a registered human rights organisation under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962. The organization was established in November 2005 in order to address the needs and challenges of minority groups in Malawi in the context of human rights, health and social development. CEDEP works at UN level through different UN mechanisms such as the International Convention
on Civil and Political Rights (ICCR) and the Universal Periodic Review(UPR).
We, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) would like to join the government of Malawi and the entire world in offering our heartfelt condolences to
the family of Mandela and the people of South Africa following the demise of one of Africa’s great sons Nelson Mandela. We have learnt with great shock at this news of Mandela’s death, a man who lived a fulfilled life in self-lessly serving the interests of the common man.
It’s our sincere prayer that the Almighty God will give hope and strength to Mandela’s family, President Jacob Zuma and the entire people of South Africa during this difficult, painful time.
At the same time, we at CHRR and CEDEP find solace in Nelson Mandela’s remarkable legacy which he has left for all of us –particularly those of us privileged to speak on behalf of the less privileged and oppressed. His old stance against apartheid in the face of gross human rights violations and his inward resolve towards championing peace, tolerance and love across diversity shall live to be remembered in all generations as the fundamental pillars on which Mandela’s life was built on.
It can therefore be said beyond reasonable doubt that Mandela’s life truly provides a good, practical standard for all of us working in the realm democratic governance and human rights on which we can soberly assess our efforts or actions if they are selflessly geared at standing for the rights of the oppressed, common man in the face of gross human rights violations.
May the souls of Nelson Madiba Mandela rest in eternal peace.