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Human Rights Essay Competition

From October 2016, Malawi joined the rest of Africa in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the entry into force of the African Charter on Human Rights and People’s Rights. The local events marking this anniversary will be concluded this June 2017. One of the final events is a human rights essay competition in celebration of not only the Charter but the broader African human rights governance architecture.

The subject of the human rights essay is inspired by the adoption of a Protocol to the African Charter, popularly known as the Malabo Protocol, on 27th June 2014, by African Heads of State, which grants criminal jurisdiction to the yet to be operationalized African Court of Justice and Human Rights. The Protocol has to date not been ratified by a single African country.

Considering the entire African human rights and governance structure, as well as Malawi’s constitutional and international obligations, it has become imperative that we ask whether Malawi should ratify the Malabo Protocol.

The essay question for the human rights essay competition, therefore, is as follows:

“Should Malawi ratify the Malabo Protocol?”   

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs invites members of the public to participate in this essay competition. The essay should be a maximum of 2,000 words (typed) on A4 paper and should be submitted to:

Room 52

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Human Rights Section

Capital Hill

Private Bag 333

Lilongwe 3.


Via email to:

The deadline for submissions is 30th June, 2017.

The winner will walk away with a prize of US$ 1,000.00 to be awarded at a function that will be presided over by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

For further details, contact Mr. Mathews Gamadzi at


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