Malawian High Court outlaws sweeping arrests

Article from Malawi Nation, Wed Nov 18, 2021: Last week, the Malawian High Court declared the police’s indiscriminate sweeping exercises unlawful and in violation of various constitutional rights and international human rights standards. Mass arrest practices, carried out under the guise of crime prevention, referred to are prevalent throughout Africa and are a legacy of colonial-era policing practices that blatantly disregarded human rights.

In her verdict passed on November 8, Judge Zione Ntaba considered the constitutionality of the petty offence under which the applicants were charged as well as the arrest practices resulting from such vague and overbroad offences. Read full article below:

Court outlaws sweeping arrests
15 November, 2022
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