Press Statement: UN condemns recent attacks on persons with albinism

Apr 5, 2018

Ms. Maria Jose Torres, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi

The United Nations in Malawi is concerned by the resurfacing of gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the killing of Macdonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism, in Machinga District, whose body was discovered on 1st April 2018, after he was reported missing in March.

The latest abduction and killing of McDonald Masambuka brings to four the number of attacks against persons with albinism in 2018. This is a setback to progress achieved since 2014.

The UN calls upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts to implement the National Action Plan, which addresses the root causes of attacks on persons with albinism, including a nationwide awareness raising campaign, strengthened investigations and prosecutions, together with strengthened protection and victim assistance measures.

If these measures are not put in place, we will continue registering violations on the rights of persons with albinism.

We are concerned that persons entrusted with the responsibility of promoting and protecting the rights of all Malawians including persons with albinism are allegedly involved in the killing of Macdonald Masambuka. We encourage the authorities to ensure a thorough, prompt and impartial investigation into the killing of McDonald Masambuka, and bring the alleged perpetrators to justice.

The UN remains committed to supporting the Government and people of Malawi to proactively promote and protect the rights of persons with albinism and ensure their full participation in the socio-economic development of the country in an environment free of stigma, discrimination and physical attacks. 


      Ms. Maria Jose Torres

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi


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