Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

MHRC Condemns Undressing of Female Police Officer

Police house sent on fire

By: Vincent Gunde

The Malawi Human Rights Commission ( the Commission), has learnt and observed with deep concern over the undressing of a female police officer during post election demonstrations on Tuesday 6th August, 2019 in Lilongwe.
The Commission says the acts of violence are contrary to the Constitutional rights to life and dignity of every person saying women must be safeguarded at all costs and the principle of non- discrimination upheld.
This is contained in a press statement released by the Commission dated 8th August, 2019 and signed by its Executive Secretary, David Nungu, taking the opportunity to condole the female police officer and all women for such undignified acts condemning the violence against women in strongest sense possible.
In the statement, the Commission says it is also concerned with a recent Facebook post posted on 5th August, 2019 by the Malawi Daily Agenda, an online news agency, calling upon the public to rape the wife of a human rights defender, Mr. Timothy Mtambo.
The Commission is reminding members of the general public that any form of violence or threat to life or safety on any person, including women and human rights defenders, is an attack on civil liberties and democracy the people of Malawi fought for in early 1990s.
Further more, the Commission has observed that violence is continuing including demonstrations which are expected to be peaceful as provided for under the Constitution.
It says the demonstrations on 6th August have accrued significant damages to property and stalled economic activities possibly resulting in enormous financial losses.
The statement says irrespective of the fact that every person has a right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully and unarmed, such acts of vandalism are taking the nation backward in terms of development.
In view of the foregoing, the Commission is calling upon the police to act swiftly by investigating such matters and bring to book the source of these acts of violence.
The Commission is also urging the police to protect the safety of all women and girls in line with their mandate provided in section 153 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi.
In the statement, the Commission is appealing to members of the general public to religiously report to the police, the Commission and or whistle blow any source of threat to any woman or girls in Malawi in order to safeguard the tenents of human rights by respecting human rights and practising tolerance.
Finally, the Commission is reminding the public that every individual has a duty to respect other people’s rights, therefore calling for peace.

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