Pre-Departure Briefing for Malawi Access to Justice Project

IRLI Welcomes new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Team IRLI is delighted to welcome our two new Volunteer Programme Lawyers to the Malawi Access to Justice Project. Sarah Houlihan and Morgan Crowe will travel to Lilongwe in the next two weeks where they will join Jane O’Connell who has been steering the project since November. Jane […]

UN Human Rights Committee to examine Malawi today

The United Nations Human Rights Committee will meet for its 103rd session today. The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties. All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights […]

Kachere Prison Visit

I recently visited Kachere Juvenile Prison for young male offenders. Kachere is a small prison located in Lilongwe City Centre and serves the central region of Malawi. The prison was built in the 1930s. Today Kachere holds approximately 130 prisoners. The prison is incredibly small and visibly overcrowded. A recent report by the Open Society […]

Camp Courts, Malawi

This week the project lawyers attended a Camp Court in prison.   These prison courts only handle matters involving minor offenders.  The courts are supposed to act as a useful way to reduce overcrowding, speed up justice delivery, and restore the ‘hope’ factor in the life of prisoners. As a background to the camp courts, the prisons […]