Actions to protect people with albinism in Malawi welcomed by UN

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The actions taken by government officials in Malawi to deal with attacks on people with albinism have been welcomed by the United Nations human rights office.

Last week, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi issued a statement sharply condemning the attacks on people with albinism.

The condition is characterized by a lack of pigment in the skin.

The President's statement was followed up on Tuesday by Malawi's Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, who unveiled a five-point plan of action to stop attacks on people born with the condition.

Cathrine Hasselberg has more.

In his statement, President Mutharika called for security agencies to be placed on high alert, and to arrest persons who attack people with albinism.

The Malawian leader also called for maximum protection for people with the condition.

The five-point plan unveiled by the Malawian government Minister includes an education and awareness programme, resources for policing, and the establishment of laws and a team of lawyers to protect them.

Rupert Colville is Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

"The Minister also said that the Government is thinking of appealing against some lenient sentences. She didn't refer to any specific case. However, we do welcome this and we note that earlier this week a man received a sentence of just two years in jail after being convicted of attempting or assisting in the attempt to kidnap his 11-year-old niece called Mina Jeffrey and she was one of the cases highlighted by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in his 10 March press release." (27")

Rupert Colville said the UN human rights office hopes this series of measures will result in a significant improvement in the security and wellbeing of people with albinism in Malawi.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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