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Water utility Companies confronted by human rights defenders

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By Jailosi Phiri,

Blantyre, Malawi: All major cities in Malawi are facing a huge shortage of water suppliers, this trend is worrying the human rights activists who believe the water companies are not doing a proper job.

Human rights defenders meeting in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, on Thursday agreed to take to confront the water utility companies and seek clarity on the issue.

The human rights defenders fear the continued shortage is affecting residents who have resorted to using unsafe water sources such as wells and rivers that are contaminated.

The activists met to compile and document human rights violation cases occurring in the Southern Region. The results will be compiled and send to United nations

Human Right Consultative Committee (HRCC) vice-chairperson Margaret Ali said it is high time they acted on the matter.

 

Water Shortage

Water Shortage

“This time, we should get together and see what we can do. Our children are getting infected every day for drinking contaminated water. Hospitals are affected, especially the maternity ward. There is no water,” she said.

They also discussed challenges that human rights defenders face in execution of their duties such as red tape from the government.

Some of the emerging issues included child trafficking, prisoners conditions, child rights, gender-based violence.

The defenders agreed to come up with an alert system whenever there are human rights violations so that it forms a strong basis on reports sent to the United Nations.

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