Lilongwe, October 20, 2020
The United Nations Human Rights Council (the council) is expected to review the 2015/-2020 report on human rights during the first week of November this year.
This is a result of Malawi being elected among the 47th member countries by the human rights council last week upon securing 180 out of 190 votes.
Addressing the media on Monday, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Titus Mvalo said that this is a new development as the council is satisfied with Malawi human rights record.
“This is a mark of recognition by the member states of united nations and the world as whole that Malawi is on the right truck in observance of human rights issues,” Mvalo said.
He further said that Malawi will benefit and improve a lot from the council both international and at local level as it will be responsible for assessing human rights declaration in Malawi and other member countries
“The assessment of human rights in other countries will help Malawi to improve some areas in human rights as it will be given a chance to sponsor some of the resolutions which will give more space in the operation.
Commenting on the new development, the chief state advocate, human rights section, Mr. Pacharo Kaira said that the gap which comes in terms of lack of knowledge on human rights will decrease as the council is there to review human rights violations.
“Malawi is expected to be a policy holder of human rights, and this can be done if we fully participate as the activeness of our country will elevate Malawi to influence human rights outcomes in the United Nations (UN) system and could be a stepping stone for achieving other political ambitions,” he said.
The Director of Finance and Administration to the ministry of Justice, Mr. William Kantayeni said the 2015-2020 reviewing will be optimistic as Malawi has improved a lot in human rights record through the consultations of other bodies which fight for human rights.
“The upgrading of Malawi in human rights record is what has prompted the council to include Malawi, for instance, there was congestion in our prisons, in the past Malawi Prison cells were 260% above capacity. The government released some of the prisoners so as to create more space as one of the preventive measure in the widespread of covid 19,”
“From the records we can see that a lot of recommendations have been acted upon there by giving no room of doubts in the process of reviewing 2015-2020 human rights report,” Kantayeni said.
The Human Rights Council is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) of which some of its principle work is to appoint independent experts who review human rights violations in specific countries.
By Esnath Kalawe and Ayisha Amidu