New NGO Registration Fees: A Huge Step Backward for Freedom of Association in Malawi and an Effort to Stifle Civic Space
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, speaking under the Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF), strongly condemn a decision by the government of Malawi to implement a new regulation that unfairly raises annual registration fees for NGOs at a time when most Malawians are facing great economic hardship. We call upon the government to immediately reverse the fees and start a process of meaningful and substantive consultations on the matter.
PRESS RELEASE:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A review of human rights and governance in 2017
More than three years have now passed since the current president, Professor Peter Mutharika, and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), assumed leadership of the country.