Amnesty International horrified by human rights abuses against people with albinism in Malawi, condemns ‘horrific killing’ of Ian Muhamba

Amnesty International has condemned the ‘horrific killing’ in Malawi of Ian Muhamba, a 20-year-old man with albinism.

In a statement, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, described the “brutal murder” as “the latest reminder that Malawi remains a dangerous place for persons with albinism.”

Muhena urged the Malawian government to protect people with albinism from murder, abduction and persecution, in a country where the perpetrators are rarely held to account. 

“Malawian authorities must launch an immediate, independent and impartial investigation into the killing of Ian Muhamba, and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials,” Muchena in a statement on August 17. “Authorities must also take urgent steps to guarantee the safety and security of persons with albinism in Malawi, including by investigating all past attacks and delivering justice for victims and their families.”

Ian Muhamba disappeared on July 23 during a visit to Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, from Mulanje. He was reported missing to Limbe Police Station in Blantyre.

On August 14, the community reported a dead person who was buried with missing body parts by the police in Kachere. The body was later exhumed by the police, and positively identified by relatives as that of Ian on August 15 before being reburied on August 16.

A group of regional albinism associations convened on August 12 to develop and adopt a resolution calling on leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community to guarantee the safety and security of people with albinism.

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