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Where Silence Rules: The Suppression Of Dissent In Malawi
Where Silence Rules: The Suppression Of Dissent In Malawi
By Africa Watch
Africa Watch, 1990, 104 pp

Malawi is a signatory of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, but it has grossly violated nearly every principle the charter pledges it to uphold. In this report, Africa Watch, the London-based human rights monitoring group, details how the country's history since its independence from Britain in 1964 has featured the lengthy imprisonment and assassination of political critics, torture, heavy-handed censorship, religious and ethnic discrimination and persecution, Kafkaesque perversions of so-called traditional courts and high-level corruption so debilitating that Malawi remains one of the world's six poorest countries in terms of per capita income. Protected by its slavish pro-Western international stance and the silence of the Organization of Africa Unity, Life President Kamuzu Banda, on the more modest scale necessitated by Malawi's peasant economy, has compiled a record for despotism that would have made Nicolae Ceausescu blush.