Wednesday 21 February 2018

Malawi: UN Official to Share Findings On Albinism Friday

Malawi: UN Official to Share Findings On Albinism Friday
(Malawi News Agency 04/27/16)

Kasungu — United Nations (UN) independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights of persons with albinism Ikponwosa Ero has said she will make recommendations on the situation of people with albinism in the country on Friday this week.

Ero was speaking in Kasungu on Monday after meeting government officials in the district judiciary, police, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and traditional leaders.

She jetted in the country on April 18 for a 12-day monitoring visit to assess the human rights situation of the people with albinism following increased cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism.

"I am travelling across Malawi to assess the situation of people with albinism and so far I have found out many things which I will share on Friday when I issue preliminary recommendations for Malawi."

Ero said she appreciates the openness from the officials she met and she will sit down and think about their views.

National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust Regional Civic Education Officer Vincent Kalawa said the organisation has equally been saddened with the issues of human rights violations against people with albinism.

"The constitution doesn't allow any form of discrimination and calls for protection of any citizen. I feel this is because most of the people don't know about the laws so we want to work hard and sensitize the masses on this," said Kalawa.

On his part Kasungu Police Station Officer Senior Assistant Commissioner Ackis Angelo Muwanga said the police have tried to arrest some of the people involved but still people are continuing to do the malpractice.

"We still need more to be done and for a start we are also holding sensitization meetings hoping this will work," said Muwanga.

The visit by the UN expert is her first ever to any country since the Human Rights Council established the mandate in March 2015.

The Kasungu trip which will see her meet the families of those killed has taken her to a district which has registered two cases of murder of people with albinism and four cases of bones exhumation.

By Vincent Khonje

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