Malawi: Joint statement on the threats against the independence of judges in Malawi

Index Number: AFR 36/2519/2020

We, undersigned, note with grave concern, the recent notice issued by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malawi, announcing that the Chief Justice Hon Andrew K.C Nyirenda is with immediate effect going on leave pending his retirement. The Government of Malawi must ensure that judges are not involuntarily placed on leave by the executive branch of government, pending their retirement. We reiterate that the decision whether or not to go on leave pending retirement is one that must be taken voluntarily by the concerned judicial officer and must be announced by the appropriate body.

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