CIVICUS speaks to Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo, a human rights defender and the executive director of Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in Malawi. CHRR recently led protests in the capital Lilongwe. Mtambo explains why the protest happened, the response of the government and the state of civic space in Malawi.
1. Tell us about the recent mass protest in Malawi on 27 April 2018. Who organised it? And what were the reasons that drove the protest?
CHRR, CEDEP & YAS Submission at the 62nd Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
CHRR, CEDEP & YAS SUBMISSION AT THE 62nd SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
2nd May 2018
Petition to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Att: Her Excellency the Chairperson
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), Youth and Society, Nongovernmental Organisations Network (Mango) and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition of Malawi (HRDC) are human rights organizations and networks based and operating in Malawi. The five organisations, hereby petition the Office of the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to place special focus on Malawi to improve its compliance with international human rights conventions; more importantly, to meaningfully commit to implement and domesticate these instruments in a comprehensive manner.