Apam calls for inquiry report on killings of people with albinism

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The Association of People with Albinism (Apam) has expressed concern over delay of a report of a public inquiry on the killings of persons with albinism which was conducted by the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).

Apam chairperson Overstone Kondowe said it is now a year since the commission conducted the inquiry but findings remain hidden in MHRC offices despite the usefulness of the information to people with albinism and the public at large.

“Human Rights Commission conducted a public inquiry on the killings of persons with albinism but the commission is mum on the findings. Of what value were such inquiries if results are still hidden,” he said.

Kondowe said if the files have names of perpetrators then it is the best time to for them to face the law. He added that it their wish to have the findings published soon.

MHRC in March last year conducted a public inquiry on the killings of persons with albinism.

Since 2014, the killings of persons with albinism in Malawi have been on the rise. At least 20 people with albinism are known to have been killed while five others have been abducted during the same period and their whereabouts remain unknown, 72 percent of the victims are children.

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