MALAWI:
STOP THE KILLING
OF PEOPLE
WITH ALBINISM

Call on Malawi’s government to step in and stop this brutality.

Call on the President of Malawi to stop the killings and protect people with Albinism.

MALAWI: STOP RITUAL MURDERS OF PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM

Please join our call on Malawi authorities to act immediately to protect people with albinism.

A new wave of killings and attacks against people with albinism emerged in January 2017, after a six month reprieve between June and December 2016.

On February 28, 2017, Mercy Zainabu Banda, a 31-year-old woman with albinism was found murdered in Lilongwe with her hand, right breast and hair removed.

On January 10, 2017, a 19-year-old man with albinism was lured to a friend's house and horrifically killed. 

The latest abduction took place on May 28, when a nine-year-old boy, Mayeso Isaac, was taken by a gang of 10 men. The incident took place in neighbouring Mozambique where he had travelled at the invitation of relatives to visit. 

CALL ON MALAWI’S
GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN NOW!

Thousands of people with albinism live in fear of being abducted or killed in the country, where their body parts are being sold for use in rituals. In the months between December 2014 and February 2017, Amnesty's team in Malawi has documented the killing of 20 people with albinism and the abduction of others whose bodies have yet to be found. In addition, we've documented 112 other serious crimes, including abductions and grave robberies.

Authorities do little to protect people with albinism or prosecute perpetrators of attacks against them. The President of Malawi has expressed concern and support for efforts to improve the lives of people with albinism, but this has not been followed by action.

Please urge authorities to bring to justice those who carry out these horrific abductions and murders, and put measures in place to protect people with albinism.


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Dear President Mutharika:

c/o Malawi’s High Commission to Canada

I am deeply troubled to learn that thousands of people with albinism in your country live in fear of being abducted or killed, and that their body parts are being sold for use in rituals.

With attacks against people with albinism increasing, families have withdrawn children from schools for fear of attacks. Some people with albinism have moved to urban areas for safety. The ability to move freely for people with albinism has been severely restricted, as many need to be accompanied by family members for their safety.

I call on your government to:

- Urgently provide effective protection for people with albinism, including by protecting their right to life and personal security, in accordance with Malawi’s international human rights obligations and commitments

- Resource the police to adequately investigate crimes related to albinism

- Bring to justice the perpetrators of albinism-related crimes

- Develop and implement an educational campaign to stop attacks against people with albinism


Sincerely,

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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