The Malawi government has come under fire from Amnesty International for putting little effort in protecting people with albinism in the country.
In a press release titled “ritual murders of people with albinism in Malawi must end” that was published by the organisation on 3rd February 2016, the body expressed dissatisfaction with Malawi’s input towards curbing the atrocities against albinos. The increase in cases of killings and abductions of people with albinism has raised great concern to the human rights organisation.
“It is deeply worrying that there is poor security for people with albinism in Malawi despite an increasing number of attacks against them,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International Director for Southern Africa, as quoted in the press release.
Muchena added that the Malawi government must engage an extra gear in protecting rights of albinos.
He said: “The government’s human rights obligation requires them to protect everyone’s right to life. They must ensure that the police have resources to protect those at risk of attack.”
Malawi President Peter Mutharika issued a statement on 19th March 2015 condemning attacks on people living with albinism. He vowed to take legal action against all perpetrators and called on police to protect albinos. Part of his statement continues to be rebroadcasted on state owned MBC Radio.
Last year a total of 45 cases of killing, attempted killings, abduction and attempted abductions, were reported by local activists. The latest case involves the killing of 53 year-old Eunice Phiri whose mutilated dead body was found at Kasungu National Park on 28 January 2016.
Body parts of albinos are believed by others to bring good luck. The killing of albinos was very common in East Africa but recently it has overflowed to Malawi thereby putting lives of the concerned group at risk.