The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has challenged the justice sector in the country to complete pending cases involving abduction of persons with albinism and finalize investigations in all cases involving abductions of persons with albinism.
The calls came when the country joined United Nations (UN) member states in commemorating the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) on 13th June.
In a press statement, MHRC Chairperson Commissioner Scader Luis said the judiciary should speed up the investigations and update the public on cases it has concluded so far.
According to Luis, persons with albinism deserve to be served with justice should be equally given opportunities to contribute to the country’s development.
“It is important to note that given an opportunity, persons with albinism, can make a difference in our country. collectively, we should therefore be able to achieve the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the notion ‘Leaving No One Behind’,” reads the statement.
The Commission has also appealed with the general public to support government’s efforts in protecting lives of persons with albinism in the country.
The Commission has commended Government’s proactiveness in putting in place mechanisms towards addressing atrocities they face through National Action Plan for Persons with Albinism.
“In this financial year, government has allocated some considerable financial resources towards addressing the housing challenge by People with Albinism. Government also initiated directives towards empowering persons with albinism through provision of boarding spaces and employment quota,” reads the statement.
The Commission has also commended stakeholders working in promoting and promoting rights of persons with albinism through their engagements with traditional leaders, healers and community at grassroot level.
The International Albinism Awareness Day falls on 13 June every year, and was commemorated under the theme ‘Strength Beyond all Odds’. Malawi will commemorate the day on 26th June in Nkhotakota District the theme ‘Exposing the positive lives of persons with albinism’ which among others seeks to highlight good qualities of people with albinism around the World.
According to 2018 National Statistics Office Census Report, the country has 134, 636 people living with albinism.