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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

Introduction
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.

A CALL ON MEC TO CONTINUE DEMONTRATING MATURITY AND PRESERSE THE WILL OF    MALAWIANS THROUGH ELECTIONS RESULTS FREE OF IRREGULARITIES

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) have followed with keen interest events surrounding the tripartite elections vote count process as well as misgivings from various stakeholders, including some contestants. It’s on recorded that even Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has admitted to some of the hiccups dogging the counting stage of the elections. Thus, some quarters including the State President Joyce Banda of Peoples Party (PP) have called for nullification of the outcomes; whereas United Democratic Front (UDF) torch bearer Atupele Muluzi recently went to town on MEC, asking the body’s chairperson to step down.