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Friday, February 17, 2012

Frontline Defenders: Ralph Kasambara coverage



Front Line Defenders' issued an urgent appeal on the 15th  February 2012 stating that they:
"...believe(s) that the attempted attack against Ralph Kasambara is directly related to his work as a human rights lawyer and his support to civil society organisations. We express deep concern at the attempted raid on his offices and the fact the perpetrators were carrying petrol bombs. These events remind the two arson attacks carried out in August 2011 against the home and office of human rights defenders MacDonald Sembereka and Rafiq Hajat. It is deplorable that no investigation has been opened on the attempted attack"
The organisation followed this up yesterday by expressing concern at the re-arrest of Mr Kasambara and called on the authorities in Malawi to immediately and unconditionally release Ralph Kasmabara as it believes
 "... that his re-arrest is solely motivated by his work in defence of human rights, and to guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Malawi are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment"
 Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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