ZOMBA: Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has called upon Civil Society Organizations to be united and work together in advancing human rights issues.
The call was made on Thursday by the Commission’s Principal Disability and Elderly Rights Officer George Chiusiwa when he was addressing Zomba District Executive Committee (DEC) on the University Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights.
Chiusiwa said Civil Society Organizations are very crucial in promotion of human rights issues hence a need for them to be united when operating.
He also said that it was very important that DEC members are very conversant with concepts of human rights since they are the ones who interact with people on the ground.
The aim behind DEC meeting was to gather information on how the county is fairing on human rights issues, he said.
Chiusiwa said the outcome of the meeting will be compiled in a report which will be sent to the United Nations pending the UPR slated for next year.
Chairperson for Zomba Civil Society Organization Network, Newton Sande Sindo said unity and collaboration is very crucial in implementing their programmes.
He said without unity they won’t be able to achieve their aspirations in serving communities is their respective catchment areas.
Sindo said as CSOs, they will make sure that those who breach human rights in the district are taken to task.
The last UPR was conducted in 2015 and Human Rights Commission is gathering information on the state of human rights based on recommendations which were made.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA