HUMAN RIGHTS AND ISSUES OF BAIL IN MALAWI

Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) the only charitable organization working within the Criminal Justice System in Malawi, is running a number of programmes like Health in Prisons, Campaigning for Decriminalization of Vagrancy Laws, Protecting Sex workers from Police Abuse and the Malawi Bail Project which is now running in some courts and police stations across Blantyre and Southern Malawi. Through the Malawi Bail Project, CHREAA is working hard to make sure that all citizens who are in conflict with the law are informed of their right to be released on bail. This project aims to sensitize the accused who cannot afford to pay for the private lawyer and inform them how and when to apply for bail at police or at court. The project is also reducing severe, congestion in our prisons, our prisons are desperately overcrowded sending someone to prison for petty issues like Rogue and Vagabond, Idle and disorderly, or Illegal Vending is tantamount to violation of their human rights, subjecting them to degrading treatment whilst on remand and therefore innocent until proven guilty by a court of Law.  Remember, prisoners are our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, uncles, cousins and friends. Know that they are part of our Society and they deserve Human dignity.”

From: Boxten T. Kudziwe
(Paralegal CHREAA)

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