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PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release

3 April 2008 in Banjul, The Gambia: The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) wishes to inform the general public that on the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Malawi, the African Commission will undertake a human rights promotion mission to the Malawi from 7 – 11 April, 2008.

This mission, which is part of the African Commission’s promotional mandate, is aimed at encouraging dialogue between the African Commission and the Republic of Malawi, and to among other things, exchange views with human rights stakeholders on ways and means of enhancing the enjoyment of human rights in the country.

The Mission will be undertaken by Commissioner Mumba Malila, Member of the African Commission responsible for the promotion of human rights in Malawi, and the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa. He will be accompanied by Dr. Robert Wundeh Eno, Legal Officer for Protection, at the Secretariat of the African Commission.

During the Mission, the delegation will meet with a cross-section of human rights actors in the country, especially those working in the field of human rights: including in particular, relevant government officials, members of parliament, members of the judiciary, the police, civil society organisations, political party leaders, and other individuals or institutions capable of enlightening the African Commission on the human rights situation in Malawi.

At the end of the mission, the preliminary findings will be discussed with the relevant government authorities. A Press Conference will also be held to brief the press and the general public on these findings.

For further information, please contact:

The Secretariat of the African Commission

PO Box 673 Banjul
The Gambia
Tel: 220 4392 962 Fax: 220 4390 764
E-mail: achpr@achpr.org or bsec@achpr.org or Secretary@achpr.org