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Malawi Government chastises Human Rights Commission on the premature release of the Nsundwe Report

Four Malawian protesters have been charged with the murder of a policeman who was stoned to death during clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators outside the capital Lilongwe, police said Saturday.

LILONGWE (MaraviPost): The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare wishes to express its concern in the manner in which the Malawi Human Rights Commission has handled the release of the outcome of their investigations on the Nsundwe incidents.

As a Ministry mandated on the Welfare of Malawians, we are committed to ensure that the rights of every Malawian are safeguarded and protected. As such, on 17th October 2019, the Ministry released the Press Statement titled “Condemnation of Alleged defilement, Rape and Torture of Women and Girls at Nsundwe” following the Nsundwe incident.

As a Ministry, we are aware that the Malawi Human Rights Commission has been investigating three issues relating to Nsundwe incidents as follows: “the death of the Police Officer”, “the general commotion at Nsundwe” and “the allegations on the sexual abuse on women and girls.”.

The Ministry has noted with grave concern that the report we have been waiting for has not been released officially nor presented to the Ministry and other stakeholders, instead, it is circulating on social media and being discussed with the international media houses. This to us, is a sad development.

The Ministry would therefore like to condemn such behavior by Malawi Human Rights Commission and request the organization to immediately share the official report with the relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare. This will enable the Ministry to address the issues raised and work on the recommendations made.

In conclusion, the Ministry reiterates its commitment to work with the public and private institutions willing to find lasting solutions to all forms of Gender based violence in line with standing national laws.

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  1. “The Ministry would therefore like to condemn such behavior by Malawi Human Rights Commission and request the organization to immediately share the official report … ”

    Stupid comment from the stupid ministry. They could get the report themselves from social media like everyone else if they were that keen on addressing the issues in it.

    Well done to whoever has leaked the report, to both Malawians and foreigners. Giving it to GoM directly without any leak just means that they could have sat on it for ever.

    (How can someone not familiar with social media access the MHRC report?)

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