Freedom March: Malawi Demands Protection of Rights
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) yesterday held a Freedom March in Lilongwe to mark this year’s World Human Rights Day, leading Malawians to demand for the protection of their rights.
Hundreds of people braved heavy downpours to take part in the freedom march which started at around 11 in the morning from Community Ground to Capital Hill.
Speaking at the end of the march at Capital Hill, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said the “large turnout” of Malawians was an indication that people are committed to defend their rights.
“Malawians have sent a message that nothing can stop them from fighting for their rights. They have been here, nothing stopped them not even the rains,” said Mtambo.
Earlier before the march started at Community Ground, HRDC vice chairperson Gift Trapence appealed for peace during the march to avoid violation of other people’s rights.
“Today is the day we celebrate Human Rights. Let us all walk peacefully and desist from infringing on other people’s rights. We are all Malawians and we are all crying for the protection of our rights,” said Trapence.
Heavy security provided by Malawi Force Soldiers escorted the crowd on this march through Mchesi, Kamuzu Central Hospital, and Parliament Building all the way to Capital Hill with countless stopovers along the way.
During these stopovers, people had the opportunity to speak out against violation of human rights. Electoral rights topped the list as the people said they patiently wait for the court to give final decision.