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Malawi: President Announces Plan to Protect Albinos

(Apr. 2, 2015) On March 19, 2015, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika announced a plan to protect the albinos in the county. There have been 15 cases of albinos abducted and killed across several countries already this year. Albino individuals have long been preyed on in some African nations, including neighboring Tanzania as well as Malawi, […]

Malawi: Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Legislation

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, 2015. (Malawi Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill Without Amendment, MALAWI VOICE (Feb. 13, 2015).) The legislation, which is awaiting a presidential signature in order to by formally enacted, consolidates various laws […]

Malawi: New Pension Scheme Introduced

(Mar. 9, 2011) On March 1, 2011, the 193-member unicameral Malawi Parliament adopted Pension Bill No. 14 of 2010, which seeks to establish a mandatory pension system. (Dickson Kashoti & Suzgo Khunga, House Passes Pension Bill, BNL TIMES (Mar. 2, 2011).) The bill will now be sent to the President for his assent. (Id.) The […]

Malawi: Law Enacted Giving Government Unfettered Power to Ban Local Publications

(Feb. 3, 2011) It was reported on January 27, 2011, that President Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi signed into law the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2009, which, among other things, confers on the Minister of Information unfettered power to ban local publications deemed “contrary to public interest” (Gregory Gondwe, Malawi: Mutharika Assents to Repressive Media […]

Malawi: Gay Couple Pardoned

(June 2, 2010) On May 29, 2010, Malawi's President, Bingu wa Mutharika, announced a pardon for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who had been sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment earlier in May. Their conviction as a gay couple was technically for “indecent practices between males” and “unnatural offences.” (In Malawi, Ban Welcomes Pardoning of […]

Malawi: New Law Allows Unlimited Police Search

(Dec. 9, 2009) On December 2, 2008, the Malawi National Assembly passed a police bill that empowers the police to conduct searches without warrants, as long as they make a “recording of the exercise.” (MISA, Malawi Communiqué: Parliament Passes Police Bill Amid Protests from Opposition MPs, and Civil Society, THE ZIMBABWEAN, Dec. 7, 2009, available […]

Malawi: New Law Increases Minimum Marriage Age to 16

(Aug. 31, 2009) It was reported on August 11, 2009, that the Malawi Parliament had passed into law a constitutional amendment bill upping the minimum marriageable age (with parental consent) from 15 to 16. (Chidyamakanda Law' Oppression for Malawi Girls – Activists, NYASA TIMES ONLINE, Aug. 11, 2009,available at The Malawi government is under […]

Malawi: Legal Action Against Government on Abortion

(May 4, 2009) It was reported on April 29, 2009, that Women in Law in Southern Africa-Malawi (WILSA-Malawi), a women's rights group in Malawi, is bringing a legal action against the Malawian government for prohibiting women from access to safe abortions. According to Seodi White, WILSA-Malawi's executive director, forcing a woman to carry an unwanted […]

Malawi: Radio Station Shut Down

(Nov. 26, 2008) According to a press release from the Media Institute of Southern Africa, headquartered in Windhoek, Namibia, on November 20, 2008, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) closed down a radio station for the second time. Joy Radio was ordered to stop broadcasting for failing to comply with provisions of Malawi's Communications Act. […]

Malawi: Legislation to Ban Traditional AIDS “Healers”

(May 2, 2008) Malawi's lawmakers are examining draft legislation designed to put an end to practices of traditional healers who “prescribe sex with albinos, the disabled or virgins as a cure for HIV and AIDS” and religious leaders who advise their flocks to “give up antiretroviral treatment for prayers.” Malawi, home to 12 million people, […]