Judicial Officer Chikondi Mandala

March 07, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

29-year-old Chikondi Mandala is an Assistant Registrar at the High Court of Malawi. In her early twenties, she became the youngest magistrate in Malawi’s history. Today, on International Women's Day, we’re shining a light on Chikondi and the work she does.

Chikondi Mandala Malawi High Court Registrar

COVID and Policing in Malawi

March 02, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Tyler Holmes


Through late February, three times as many official cases of Covid-19 have been identified in 2021 as there were in 2020. And police warnings about using force to affect the lockdown have come true in beatings and arrests.

The Parliament of Malawi should hire and fund the Independent Complaints Commission (ICC)

February 25, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Victor Mhango and Tyler Holmes


An independent police complaints body is not only about holding police to account, but also about respecting victims’ rights. Over half of respondents to the government’s Justice and Democratic Accountability Survey in 2018 were unsatisfied with the fairness of the police when responding to crime. An ICC will allow victims to access justice through an impartial body that will respect their dignity.

COVID-19 Highlights the Inability of the Malawian Criminal Justice System to Cater to the Needs of Persons with Mental Health Conditions

February 19, 2021 | posted by | 90sc
by Lawyer Andrea Vizsolyi, Director of IRLI’s Public Prosecution’s Programme from our Malawi Project.


Resources for those with mental health conditions in Malawi are severely limited (there is only one psychiatric hospital in the country), and criminal justice actors lack requisite sensitivity and/or knowledge in dealing with mental health conditions. This makes the frequent limbo of such accused persons dangerous to themselves and those surrounding them.

Women in Malawi and the Impact of their Marital Status

January 26, 2021 | posted by | 90sc
by Jessica O'Neill, chairperson of IRLI's Blackhall Trainee programme.

This blog post was first published in the Cambridge University Human Rights Law Society Blog and draws upon research conducted at IRLI on Malawi's compliance with its obligations under international human rights law.

Malawi - Joint Report to Human Rights Committee HRC

January 05, 2021 | posted by | 90sc

Irish Rule of Law International has partnered with The Malawi Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), and Reprieve to submit a report to the Human Rights Committee (HRC).

Masks for Malawi

September 02, 2020 | posted by | 15sc

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Malawi, IRLI has provided over 35,000 cloth masks for all prisoners and prison staff in 31 prisons and reformatory centres.


COVID-19: Joint Civil Society Statement about Malawi's Prisons

September 02, 2020 | posted by | 15sc

On July 17th 2020 IRLI released a joint civil society statement calling for renewed efforts to decongest Malawi’s prisons, following recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in two separate prisons across Malawi.