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Malawi: Failing criminal justice system fuels a new wave of attacks on people with albinism

A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fueled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International said today on International Albinism Awareness Day. Since January 2017, at least two people with albinism have been killed while seven more have reported crimes such as attempted murder or abduction.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • Blog
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

Malawi: "We will not rest"

Spanish photojournalist, Sofia Moro, visited Malawi earlier this year, to document the targeting of people with albinism. The bell rings to herald a class change as we cross the sports fields of Mzuzu International Academy, the only internationally-accredited secondary school in northern Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. In all of the 800 kilometres we have travelled so far, these are the most modern and appropriate facilities we have seen.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • News
  • Botswana
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Southern Africa: A year of persistent attacks on media threaten press freedom

Persistent attacks against journalists and media owners are threatening press freedom and the growth of independent media across Southern Africa, Amnesty International said today to mark World Press Freedom Day. “From Angola to Zambia, we have seen disturbingly brazen attacks on press freedom which have a chilling effect on those working in the media. Across the region, journalists have been targeted simply for exposing the truth,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

4.6 million actions for Write for Rights!

Amnesty supporters around the world outdid themselves this Write for Rights 2016. Together, you wrote an amazing 4,660,774 letters, emails, tweets and much more. Among those messages were words of support that made all the difference to the many whose rights we were writing for. Here are just a few of their personal thankyou notes to you. "It brought me to tears to see all the letters that Amnesty International had collected.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • News
  • Malawi
  • Justice Systems

Malawi: Step up action to end ritual murders of people with albinism

The Malawian authorities must step up action to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for ritual murders, Amnesty International said today, following another attack in the country’s capital Lilongwe. Last night four men attempted to drill through the wall of the home of Gilbert Daire, former president of the Association of the People with Albinism, as he slept. They fled the scene after his neighbours intervened.

Date:
10 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

"I enjoy acting as a role model to young people"

Virginia Chimodzi is a teacher with albinism. She has overcome some of the obstacles faced by many people with albinism in Malawi, and is now a teacher working to improve the lives of children with albinism. There are three children in our family, all girls, two of whom have albinism (my young sister and myself). I heard that on my mother’s side of the family they had a brother with albinism. I never met him.

Date:
2 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

5 facts about albinism in Malawi

The killing of people with albinism in Malawi made global headlines in early 2016. Here are five facts to help you make sense of the story behind them. 1. Albinism is an inherited skin condition. Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that prevents the body from making enough colour, or melanin, to protect the skin from the sun. It affects 1 in 5,000 to 15,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Date:
1 December 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

South Africa: African countries must turn the tide on violence against people with albinism

A United Nations high level Meeting on people with albinism in Africa which will take place in Pretoria, South Africa on 8 November is a crucial opportunity to end discrimination and violence against people with albinism across the continent, Amnesty International said today. “African leaders and communities must come together and confront the root causes of the ongoing discrimination and horrific violence faced by people with albinism,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, who will attend the meeting.

Date:
8 November 2016
  • News
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

Malawi: Investigate brutal attack against woman with albinism

Authorities must investigate the gruesome attack on Saturday on a woman with albinism and bring those suspected of the crime to justice, Amnesty International said today following the latest in a series of such attacks. According to media reports, unidentified men targeted 51-year-old woman in Chitipa District in the northern region, chopping off her right hand with a machete after forcing their way into her home in the early hours of 16 July 2016.

Date:
18 July 2016
  • News
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

Malawi: Rights of people with albinism must be guaranteed

Malawian officials must live up to their promises to end violence against people with albinism and tackle discrimination against the group, Amnesty International said on International Albinism Awareness Day. During a series of meetings with senior government officials, including President Arthur Peter Mutharika, on 7 June, Amnesty International secured commitments to not only address the spate of killings of people with albinism but also to tackle the root causes of discrimination.

Date:
13 June 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Malawi: Killing spree of people with albinism fuelled by ritual practices and policing failures

A surge in killings of people with albinism, whose body parts are used in ritual practices, has exposed a systematic failure of policing in Malawi and left this vulnerable group living in fear, Amnesty International reveals in a new report published today. The report, “We are not animals to be hunted or sold”: Violence and discrimination against people with albinism in Malawi”, exposes how the wave of violent attacks against people with albinism have increased sharply over the last two years, with four people, including a baby, murdered in April 2016 alone.

Date:
7 June 2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Malawi: "We are not animals to be hunted or sold"

Since November 2014, Malawi has seen a sharp increase in human rights abuses against people with albinism, including abductions, killings and grave robberies by individuals and criminal gangs. People with albinism are being targeted for their body parts by those who believe that they contain magical powers and bring good luck. This report focuses on the lived experiences of people with albinism in Malawi in the context of superstition-driven attacks against them and the corresponding government failure to protect the right to life for this vulnerable group and to guarantee their right to security of person.

Date:
7 June 2016
Ref:
AFR 36/4126/2016
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  • Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Malawi: Authorities must put end to killing spree of people with albinism

Malawian authorities must take immediate action to stop the ritual killings of people with albinism following the discovery of two more mutilated bodies in the past week, Amnesty International said today. Details were uncovered yesterday of the killing of a 30-year-old woman with albinism, Jenifer Namusyo, who was found dead on 30 April hours after she was stabbed in the back, abdomen and elbow, with her breasts and eyes removed.

Date:
5 May 2016