Malawi Govt Faces Pressure to Release Top Civil Society Leaders

Pressure is mounting on Malawi's government to release activists Gift Trapence, Macdonald Sembereka and Timothy Mtambo detained for planning to hold protests aimed at shutting down presidential residences. Their aim was to pressure President Peter Mutharika to sign electoral reform bills paving the way for fresh elections after Malawi's constitutional court nullified last May's polls.

HRDC has been organizing protests like these since May which have sometimes turned violent.

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