Center for Democray and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) plans to petition Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on human rights issues in Malawi, land problems, unemployment, status of refugees in Malawi and conflicts in Mozambique when SADC meets next week.
CDEDI executive director Silvester Namiwa said SADC should look into human rights issues in Malawi arguing there are human rights violations in the country. He says the issue need to be seriously looked into especially that the president of Malawi is the new SADC chairperson.
Namiwa also says SADC has to look into the land problems that people in Mulanje, Thyolo and other parts of the country are facing.
On the refugees, Namiwa says SADC has to focus on the agreement that Malawi and Rwanda have made in relation to Rwandan refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi.
Namiwa also says unemployment in Malawi and the entire SADC region should be looked into. He says a number of youth are unemployed and are forced to engage in bad practices for survival.
He further says the conflicts in Mozambique have a potential to affect other countries and there is need for SADC leaders to handle the matter.
Namiwa says apart from delivering petition to SADC secretariat, CDEDI and other stakeholders will position themselves in strategic places where they will display placards to relay messages to SADC leaders.