Malawi High Court Sets Aside Vagrancy Convictions

On 22 December 2017, the Malawi High Court ruled that the arrest of 24 people, primarily women, during a police sweeping exercise, was unlawful. The applicants challenged their arrest and conviction for the vagrancy offence of ‘being idle and disorderly persons.’

Malawi’s High Court quashed the convictions of 24 people and ordered that the fines they paid be returned. The applicants were represented by Gift Katundu and supported by our campaign partners, the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice And Assistance (CHREAA) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC).

Here is the press release issued by SALC:



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