Malawi: Escalating crackdown on human rights defenders

Human rights defenders in Malawi are under increasing threats, harassment, intimidation and attacks from the authorities and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadres. HRDs from Human Rights Defenders Coalition(HRDC), who organised and led demonstrations against alleged electoral fraud after the May 2019 elections, have been attacked by the ruling party youth cadres, intimidated and are facing trumped up charges. The protesters are calling for the resignation of the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Dr. Jane Ansah and her entire commission on allegations that she fraudulently tampered with the election results in favour of the incumbent President Arthur Peter Mutharika.

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