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Men in Mwanza shun family obligations – MHRC

Written by  Brian Wasili

Mwanza, February 9: Failure by most men to look after their families is a development that perpetrates human rights violations among family members in Mwanza District, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says.


This was revealed during a human rights awareness campaign MHRC conducted in partnership with National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) in the district on Thursday.


Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), MHRC Deputy Director for Legal Counsel Civil and Political Rights, Peter Mota said the most common human rights violation cases presented to the commission during the campaign were family related.


“The most notable ones are family related issues such as men dumping their families and getting married to another woman or migrating to South Africa leaving wife and children behind in destitution,” said Mota.


He cited other cases such as property grabbing and land disputes. He stressed that it was the commission’s mandate to ensure that the public was aware of their bill of rights.


“As a government entity, we are mandated to bring human rights awareness, protect their rights and also investigate human rights violations among the community,” Mota added.


He said another objective of the campaign was to receive cases on human rights violation from the rural community and provide advice on the next course of action for redress.

“For instance, we also link those with special cases with relevant authorities.
Mostly we target communities in hard-to-reach places where it is difficult for them to acquire our services either from Lilongwe or Blantyre,” Mota pointed out.


However, the deputy director emphasized that there are some cases that require the commission’s thorough investigation before any action could be taken.


In his remarks, community area civic education coordinator for NICE, Tobias Sambani, hailed the commission for taking its services closer to the public, a development he said would reduce human rights violations in the district.


“The interaction has been an eye opener to the community because they have been taught what constitutes human rights violation,” Sambani said.


That nationwide human rights awareness campaign is targeting rural masses in hard-to- reach areas of districts like Neno, Mwanza, Phalombe, and Mulanje among other districts.