MEPs take stand against anti-albino attacks in Malawi

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Activists of the non-governmental human rights organization Amnesty International claim for justice for Annie Alfred, a girl victim of superstition and magics in Malawi for being albino, during the 'PersonasxPersonas' (lit: PeoplexPeople) campaign on the occassion of the International Human Rights Day in Madrid, Spain, 10 December 2016.

MEPs take stand against anti-albino attacks in Malawi


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The European Parliament has condemned a new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism since the beginning of 2017 in Malawi, as well as all forms of discrimination and persecution directed at them.

The MEPs said the introduction of stronger laws in Malawi has not prevented a recent rise in violence against persons with albinism, given that the greatest threat to persons with albinism in the majority of African countries is posed by misleading and superstitious beliefs regarding the condition.

They urged Malawi’s authorities to protect the rights of their citizens, including vulnerable groups. The MEPs also called on Malawi to act proactively against any criminal organisation active in witchcraft and human trafficking.

Other recommendations include training of the country’s police to adequately investigate the crimes against persons with albinism and to bring the perpetrators of albinism-related crimes to justice.

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