1.0 Introduction 1.1 The Malawi Human Rights Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the Commission”) was established under Section 129 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi (hereinafter referred as “the Constitution”) to protect and investigate violations of the rights accorded by the Constitution or any other law. The Commission is additionally mandated under Section 12 of the Human Rights Commission Act (Act No. 27 of 1998) to protect and promote human rights in Malawi in the broadest sense possible and to investigate human rights violations on its motion or upon complaints received from any person, class of persons or body. Sections 13 and 14 of the Human Rights Commission Act stipulate roles, functions and responsibilities of the Commission for it effectively deliver on its mandate. 1.2 In 2021, the Commission commissioned a monitoring mission aimed at providing feedback in terms of level of adherence to use of government resources and effectiveness of implementation of the NAP. This objective was achieved through the following specific objectives: • 1.3 1.4 1.5 To establish the extent of the implementation of the NAP by individual implementing institutions; • To identify and document strengths and weaknesses of the implementing institutions; • To identify gaps in the implementation of the NAP as a whole and record further interventions; and • To assess the impact of the NAP activities on the human rights situations with albinism in Malawi. The Commission visited a total of 9 districts and interviewed several stakeholders assigned to implement activities aimed at promoting and protecting rights of persons with albinism under the NAP. The stakeholders targeted at district level were: Office of the Director of Planning and Development (DPD) at the District Council, District Social Welfare Office (DSWO), Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), District Education Manager’s (DEM) Office, District Health Office (DHO), Malawi Police Service, Ministry of Lands, Rural Housing and Development or Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), and the judiciary. Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) District Committees were also engaged not only to find out what NAP activities they had implemented but also to get verification on the NAP activities implemented by the other stakeholders. The 9 districts were randomly selected and most of them have experienced incidents of attacks and killings of persons with albinism including exhumation of graves of persons believed to be with albinism. The following districts were visited: Karonga, Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Kasungu, Salima, Dedza, Mangochi, Zomba and Mulanje. 2.0 About the National Action Plan for Persons with Albinism 2.1 In February 2014, the Government of Malawi developed and adopted a National Action Response Plan on Albinism Atrocities as an operational plan to guide all national initiatives aimed at addressing perpetrated attacks on persons with 1

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