Press Release

UN expresses concern over death of a person with albinism

17 August 2021

The UN is engaging relevant authorities to better understand the circumstances surrounding investigations on this case.

The United Nations in Malawi is deeply saddened by reports that the remains of a man with albinism have been found near Blantyre. Several of his body parts, such as his limbs, had been removed. The 20-year-old man, Ian Muhama from Mulanje, was reported missing by his relatives at the end of July.

The UN is engaging relevant authorities to better understand the circumstances surrounding investigations on this case.

Once again, the UN calls on the Government to fully implement the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism. Urgent action is required to ensure that persons with albinism are able to fully access their human rights and that this criminal practice is fully eliminated in Malawi.

UN Resolution A/RES/72/140 on Persons with Albinism, adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2017, refers to the need to address the root causes of discrimination and violence against persons with albinism through ongoing awareness-raising and social behaviour change campaigns. In addition, an effective justice system is required to hold perpetrators of these crimes accountable.

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For more information, contact: Development Coordination Officer (Programme Communications and Advocacy) in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Phillip Pemba, on phillip.pemba@un.org or +265995271671.

UN expresses concern over death of a person with albinism

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Phillip Pemba

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Development Coordination Officer, Programme Communications and Advocacy

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