March 7, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Malawi to put an end to the practice of child and forced marriage in a report released on Thursday. The report was compiled based on interviews with 80 girls and women in six districts in southern and central Malawi. The report details how child marriage exposes ...[read more]
January 21, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Malawi's high court began hearing a petition on Monday by human rights group Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) challenging the jail sentences of three convicted gays and seeking to overturn laws that criminalize homosexuality in the country. The three men, Amon Champyuni, Mathew Bello ...[read more]
September 11, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Drew F. Cohen, a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discusses the consequences of the Southern African Development Community endorsing Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's re-election...Despite requests from Botswana to open an investigation into voter fraud, ...[read more]
November 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
Malawi's government on Thursday changed its position on a decision to suspend it laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality after being pressured by a number of churches within the strongly Christian country. Despite announcing a moratorium that would suspend the laws to allow the country to ...[read more]
November 5, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
A moratorium has been enacted on Malawi's laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality, Malawi Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara announced on Monday. According to him, the laws were suspended to enable to the country consider permanently nullifying them. Section 153 and 156 of Malawi's ...[read more]
September 4, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, ...[read more]
June 22, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang on Thursday urged the government of Malawi to improve its human rights conditions and promote accountability in the country. In particular, Kang expressed concern about the overcrowding of prisons and slow process of justice in the ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Max Slater
The government of Malawi announced on Friday that it will not host the African Union (AU) summit in July after the AU invited Sudanese president and war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir to the summit. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on genocide and international war crimes ...[read more]
May 19, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Malawi President Joyce Banda announced in her first national address on Friday that she will decriminalize homosexual acts. The provisions she intends to repeal are Section 153 and 156 of the Penal Code, which provide 14 years or 5 years imprisonment, respectively, for anyone engaging in male ...[read more]
December 13, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday referred the Republic of Malawi to the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the country for a trade summit in October. The court had ...[read more]

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