Article from Malawi Nation, Wed Nov 18, 2021: Last week, the High Court declared the police’s indiscriminate sweeping exercises unlawful and in violation of various constitutional rights and international human rights standards. Mass arrest practices, carried out under the guise of crime prevention, referred to are prevalent throughout Africa and are a legacy of colonial-era policing practices that blatantly disregarded human rights.
In her verdict passed on November 8, Judge Zione Ntaba considered the constitutionality of the petty offence under which the applicants were charged as well as the arrest practices resulting from such vague and overbroad offences.
The case was supported by the Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) and Salc.
Read the full article here: Court outlaws sweeping arrests