Amnesty International statement on Malawi

Amnesty International has condemned the use of firearms and live ammunition by police against protesters in Malawi. At least 18 people were killed and 44 injured by gunshots during anti-government demonstrations on 20-21 July. Erwin var der Borght of Amnesty International’s Africa Programme said, "The Malawian authorities must immediately launch an independent, impartial and thorough investigation into their use of firearms resulting in these killings". In a statement, he pointed to the UN Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials which state that security forces must not use firearms except where there is no less extreme means of defence against an imminent threat of death or serious injury or to prevent crimes causing grave threat to life. Read the statement here.