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‘Step up efforts to protect people with albinism’ says Amnesty

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INTERNATIONAL human rights body Amnesty International has called upon authorities in Malawi to step up efforts to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for rituals. The call follows an attack on

The call follows an attack on former president of the Association of the People with Albinism, Gilbert Daire, in Blantyre on Thursday. In a statement released on Friday, the human rights body said the resurgence of the attacks sends a chilling message about lack of protection, safety and security for people with albinism.

“This brazen attack happened in the middle of the country’s busiest city, and sends a chilling message about the lack protection, safety and security of all people with albinism,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa. Since the beginning of 2017, two people with albinism have been murdered while three others have survived clearly targeted attacks, including two stabbings. Muchena said authorities in the country must end this cycle of impunity of perpetrators of these crimes.

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Since the beginning of 2017, two people with albinism have been murdered while three others have survived clearly targeted attacks, including two stabbings. Muchena said authorities in the country must end this cycle of impunity of perpetrators of these crimes.

“In the past two years we have seen an alarming surge in attacks on people with albinism. We have documented
dozens of individuals being hunted down like animals for their body parts, but these brazen attacks seem to continue unabated. Malawian authorities must end this cycle of impunity of perpetrators of these crimes,” said Muchena. People with albinism in Malawi have come under increased risk of being abducted or killed for rituals since November 2014. The statement by Amnesty International follows another by the United Nations (UN) which has also expressed concern over the matter. In the

People with albinism in Malawi have come under increased risk of being abducted or killed for rituals since November 2014. The statement by Amnesty International follows another by the United Nations (UN) which has also expressed concern over the matter. In the

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In the statement UN Resident Representative Mia Seppo has called upon authorities and other stakeholders to redouble efforts to prevent attacks, protect persons with albinism, provide assistance to victims and bring perpetrators to justice. Among others, Seppo has encouraged authorities to move forward as a matter of priority with legislation regulating the work of traditional healers in the country.

Among others, Seppo has encouraged authorities to move forward as a matter of priority with legislation regulating the work of traditional healers in the country.

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