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Malawi, UK against arbitrary detention

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RAAB— The practice is indefensible

Malawi and the United Kingdom (UK) have joined over 55 countries to back a Canada government initiative which is aiming at enticing international cooperation to end the practice of arbitrary detention.

Arbitrary detention is the process of arresting or detaining individuals without any evidence or likelihood that a crime worth the punishment was committed.

Through the initiative, Canada seeks to end the practice of using arbitrary arrests to detain foreign and dual nationals with no legal basis.

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The UK, in a statement which the British High Commission in Malawi has released, says arbitrary arrests undermine international relations and expose people who are travelling, working and living abroad to greater risks.

“This declaration [therefore] enhances international cooperation and sends a collective show of strength to those countries that carry out this unacceptable practice,” the statement reads.

The UK’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab says the practice of arbitrary detention will not be tolerated.

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“The practice of arbitrarily detaining individuals as leverage over another government is indefensible and the UK will not tolerate it.

“Depriving someone of their liberty with no legal basis violates fundamental human rights. The UK is proud to stand on solidarity with over 55 other countries to bring this unacceptable practice to an end,” Raab says.

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