Malawi

Targeted Police Brutality Against Sex Workers’ Protest Actions

Since the beginning of 2021, the Female Sex Workers’ Association (FSWA) have organised a series of protests in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe to demonstrate against what they described as “targeted police brutality” following new COVID-19 restrictions by police pushing them out of pubs in an effort to uphold the new regulations. As previously reported on the Monitor, the protests were as a result of the discontent of sex workers with the COVID-19 regulations which result in them having a limited source of income. The challenges which the sex workers are experiencing have been aggravated by restaurants and clubs being closed at 8pm which is the time that they are arguing is the time that they begin to have more clients. Considering that FSWA has approximately 120 000 members – this means a large number of sex workers are impacted by the new regulations. Read more

Targeted Police Brutality Against Sex Workers’ Protest Actions

Several protests held against COVID-19 restrictions, journalist assaulted by police

Taxi operators, sex workers, pupils hold separate protests related to COVID-19 restrictions, journalist assaulted by police for asking to feature them in a COVID-19 report Read more

Several protests held against COVID-19 restrictions, journalist assaulted by police

New hope for Malawi after sustained protests

Following the court’s nullification of the May 2019 election results on 3rd March 2020, authorities under president Peter Mutharika’s regime embarked on a crackdown of dissenters, critics and the judiciary as the rerun, slated for 23rd June 2020 approached. , the NGO Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs began developing reporting regulations for NGOs. Read more

New hope for Malawi after sustained protests

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

In a landmark ruling delivered on Monday 3rd February 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered the nullification of the May 2019 elections and ordered fresh elections, the high court in Zomba ordered the ministry of education to allow Rastafarian children with dreadlocks to enrol in public schools,
Since the May 2019 elections, Malawians engaged in sustained popular protests against the government which have been met with police reprisals, Human Rights Defenders Coalition organized a protest against the rape of women, three journalists detained for two hours at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, female journalist Patricia Kayuni was physically assaulted by protesters in Chitipa district Read more

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

Internet shutdown, disputed results and protests surround general elections

protesters take to the streets to to protest disputed presidential election results, judiciary staff go on strike to demand better working conditions Read more

Internet shutdown, disputed results and protests surround general elections

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression

UTM party application for registration declined by the deputy registrar, while courts perceived to be restricting freedom of expression as they develop a pattern of issuing orders to prohibit public discussion of corruption cases in the media. Read more

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression

Expression

Freedom of expression is constitutionally guaranteed in Malawi. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

Protests are common in Malawi and large numbers of citizens have taken to the streets on a range of issues, including to speak out against corruption and calling for a more equitable distribution of resources. Read more