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Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:52

CRAPAC commemorates international human rights day at Dedza Prison

Written by  Linda Moyo

Dedza, November 30, 2017: Child Rights Advocacy and Paralegal Aid Centre (CRAPAC) on Tuesday joined Dedza prisoners in commemorating the International Human Rights Day which falls on December 10 every year.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always."

Speaking during the commemoration, the Executive Director for CRAPAC, Alfred Seza Munika, said the main aim of joining the prisoners was to remind them of their human rights which include right to life, right to good health and right to fair trial for people who have committed an offence.

He further expressed great concern over murder cases taking long at the prison before trial.

“As organizations working in the criminal justice system in Malawi to promote the rule of law and improve access to justice for all, we are greatly concerned about the increased number of murder suspects staying three years on remand without trial at Dedza Prison,” said Munika.

He added that the number of murder suspects on remand at Dedza Prison, which is at 70, is worrisome considering that a lot of interventions are being made right now by different stake holders to ensure that there is fair trial for everyone who is in conflict with  the law.

Speaking during the event, the Station Officer (SO) for Dedza Prison, Bristone    Chakhumbira, was very thankful to the organizers of the event, saying such a visit was very important as they encouraged the inmates and also enlightened them on their rights.

As part of spicing up the commemoration, CRAPAC cheered up the prisoners with 120kgs of meat, washing soap and T-shits.

The inmates also took turn to entertain the visitors with different performances such as drama, choir, poem and debate.

CRAPAC is working in collaboration with the Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) and Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI) in implementing its activities with funds from European Union (EU) through IRLI in Central Region prisons of Maula, Kachere, Kasungu, Dedza, Ntcheu, Ntchisi

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