Malawi

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

Malawi-Overview

Civic space is protected in law but government intimidation and over-zealous policing in Malawi impede activism and civil society organisations’ operations in practice. Read more

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

In early April 2017, a Malawian court convicted eight Tanzanian civil society activists on charges of spying and trespassing. Read more

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

State continues to suppress civic activism in Malawi

Malawians face threats and legal repercussions for expressing their opinions and criticising state policies. Read more

State continues to suppress civic activism in Malawi

Thousands march against abortion and same sex marriage in Malawi

On 6th December, protest marches against the same sex marriage and legalised abortion took place across Malawi. Read more

Thousands march against abortion and same sex marriage in Malawi

Activist arrested for holding allegedly unauthorised demonstration

On 18th October, human rights defender Billy Mayaya was arrested and charged with holding an unauthorised demonstration even though he had followed established procedures.
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Activist arrested for holding allegedly unauthorised demonstration

Deadline for registration imposed on CSOs as protests disrupted

Over 5000 NGOs were deemed to be operating illegally and given a deadline to register as students and journalists were arrested during protests in July. Read more

Deadline for registration imposed on CSOs as protests disrupted

Local groups worried about impending changes to civil society law

Legislative work is proceeding on new rules governing CSOs and on access to information, as civil society raises some concerns about both processes. Read more