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Malawi: Fears for the safety of pro-democracy activists

, N° d'index: AFR 36/017/1993

AI is concerned about apparent attempts to assassinate Reverend Emmanuel Chinkwita Phiri, head of the Baptist Church in Malawi and a member of the Public Affairs Committee, which lobbies for political reform. The most recent incident occurred on 4 January 1993 when a car drove at him at high speed as he was waiting at a bus stop. On two earlier occasions, in November and December 1992, it appears that attempts were made to poison him by impregnating his clothes with organo-phosphates. AI is concerned for the safety of many other campaigners for multi-party democracy in the run- up to the referendum on 14 June 1993.

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