Mangochi residents on Wednesday conducted peaceful demonstrations commending government for arresting Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders Timothy Mtambo, Gift Trapence and Mc Donald Sembereka.
The three were arrested for threatening to seal State House contrary to the laws of the land.
The Peaceful March started from Mangochi round-about to Mangochi Town Council Offices.
The demonstrators also demanded probe into the brutal murder of Usumani Imedi, a police officer who was killed by HRDC and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) mob at Msundwe in Lilongwe.
Meantime CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations, together with the Malawian Human Rights Defenders Network (HRDN) and the Centre for Human rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), call for the immediate release of human rights defenders in Malawi.
The arrests of two human rights defenders on 8 March 2020 and the issuing of a warrant to arrest another is part of ongoing efforts by the Malawian authorities to silence human rights defenders and erode civil freedoms. Gift Trapence, a human rights defender and Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Defenders Network (HRDN) and MacDonald Sembereka were arrested on 8 March in Lilongwe and detained at Area 3 Police Station before they were taken to Blantyre.
CIVICUS, CHRR and HRDN call on the Malawian authorities to release Gift Trapence and MacDonald Sembereka immediately, stop intimidating representatives of civil society and respect the rights of all Malawians to protest peacefully and raise concerns over issues affecting them.