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