Wed. Jun 26th, 2019

MHRC Stand in Solidarity With Persons With Albinism

People with Albinism Still living in fear

By: Vincent Gunde-smash
The Malawi Human Rights Commission ( MHRC) says it acknowledges albinism as a human rights issue which is addressed in the various Human Rights instruments obligating states to promote and protect human rights in Malawi.
This is contained in a press release on the Commemoration of 2019 International Albinism Day ( IAAD) celebrated on 13th June, every year, which will take place on 27th June, in Chiladzulu district.
In the statement made available to smash signed by the Commission’s Executive Secretary, David Nungu, said Malawi will join the world at large in commemorating the Day around the theme ” still Standing Strong ” calling upon all the people of Malawi and institutions to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism around the world.
The Commission wishes to join all other stakeholders in Malawi including Association of Persons with Albinism( APAM) and government of Malawi in solidarity while observing this day.
It calls upon all stakeholders to use this commemoration to take stock of the progress Malawi has so far made in the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with albinism.
Meanwhile, the Commission has noted that Malawi has made significant progress in promoting the rights of persons with albinism but noted with concerns other challenges which require expeditions attention by all stakeholders in a coordinated manner.
It cited stigmatisation, and social exclusion of persons with albinism in the provisioning and delivery of social or basic services, inadequate security of persons with albinism especially in the rural areas, inadequate mainstreaming of issues of albinism in development planning including financing and inadequate empowerment.
The Commission is also appealing to all persons with albinism and their associations, including Association of Persons with Albinism ( APAM) and Poor and Concerned Persons with Albinism ( PACPWA) to work together in unity and harmony among themselves and with all other stakeholders including the government.
According to the 2018 Malawi Population and Housing Census ( MPHC) report, there are 134,000 persons with albinism in Malawi.

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