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13 March 2024 / Read

Press Release: Joint CSOs Press Statement on the Violence in Dzaleka, involving Ethiopian and Congolese Nationals.

On March 11th, 2024, violence erupted at Dzaleka Refugee Camp between Ethiopian and Congolese nationals. The incident resulted into the vandalism of several homes belonging to Ethiopians and left several Congolese wounded from machete and knife attacks allegedly by Ethiopian assailants. These tensions date back to December 2023 when internal strife arose within the Ethiopian […]

17 May 2024 / Read

Post-relocation Support and Interventions for refugees in Dzaleka

On May 17th, 2023, the Malawi Government initiated the forced relocation of refugees from cities and towns back to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa. This exercise was marred by numerous human rights abuses against the refugees, including beatings, rape, extortion, and theft, among other atrocities from which the refugees have yet to recover. The relocation […]

22 May 2024 / Read

Commemoration Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Brutal Refugee Relocation Exercise

On May 17th, we commemorated the one-year anniversary of a brutal refugee relocation exercise enforced by the Malawi Government. This operation forcibly moved 2,296 refugees and asylum seekers, including 765 families, to the overcrowded Dzaleka Camp, which now houses over 56,000 refugees despite a capacity for only 12,000. Documented human rights abuses during this relocation […]

20 January 2024 / Read

Press Statement: Urgent Appeals in Light of Refugee Return Concerns

Following the relocation of refugees to Dzaleka, many of them are struggling to fend for themselves and their families as they rely on $5 (about K10 500) monthly food allowance from the World Food Programme (WFP). It is not surprising therefore, that some of them have started returning to the communities in both rural and […]

27 October 2023 / Read

Press Statement: Misrepresentation at the 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania

Inua Advocacy strongly condemns the gross misrepresentation of facts by the Malawi Delegation at the 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights that took place in Arusha, Tanzania, in October 2023. Read the full statement here.

25 August 2023 / Read

CSO Coalition’s joint statement on Government Actions affecting refugees in Malawi

Following the forced relocation of refugees to Dzaleka Camp, the Government confiscated 125 containers owned by refugee business operators and ordered to inspect all of them. However, despite the Government’s stated expectations that the containers would hold some illegal firearms, counterfeiting machines and drugs, the police inspection did not find any of these but later […]

1 August 2023 / Read

Joint CSOs Urgent Call for the Protection of Refugee Rights and a Halt to State-Sponsored Lawlessness

The extent of the human rights abuses taking place during the forced re-encampment of refugees to Dzaleka led to a number of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) forming a coalition and issuing a joint statement. The statement calls for a halt of the relocation exercise and the protection of refugees. Read the full statement here.

28 May 2023 / Read

Joint statement on the Relocation of Refugees to Dzaleka Camp

The relocation of refugees to Dzaleka, justified as the need to uphold the 1989 Malawi Refugee Act, ignores the fact that the Act itself does not allow displaced people to access basic human rights. The Malawi government admitted to the need for revising its refugee policy, and made two public pledges to do so: in […]