In a statement released by APAM President Overstone Kondowe, the recent killing of the man on the eve of the New Year, represents a massive setback to progress achieved since 2018.
Kondowe urged authorities to do everything within their power to bring the perpetrators of this barbaric crime to justice and to take all necessary measures for enhancing the safety of persons with albinism in the country.
“It is quite unfortunate that Malawians with albinism are among the most marginalised and vulnerable of the country's citizens, yet very little attention continues to be given to protecting them from human rights violations, threats and violent crime,” reads part of the statement.
According to Nkhata Bay police, Yasin Phiri was murdered in his house while his 9 year son was asleep and was dragged twenty metres away from the house and the murderers chopped off both his hands.
Kondowe added that the case is agonizing and profoundly frustrating considering that just last month, on 10th December 2018 the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) successfully commemorated the World Human Rights Day by holding a national stakeholders conference where the need to enhance the protection of persons with albinism was highlighted.
Kondowe called on authorities and all stakeholders to redouble their efforts in implementing the National Action Plan, which addresses the root causes of attacks on persons with albinism, including a nationwide awareness campaign, strengthened investigations and prosecutions, together with strengthened protection and victim assistance measures.
He further added that the Association urges authorities to do everything within their power to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and to take all necessary measures for enhancing the safety of persons with albinism in the country.