Once again Robert is singled out by the Police as a ring leader. Grouping was formed between and by Duncan Phiri, Phaniso Mhone and Justice Kangulu a childhood friend to Chasowa who recruited Chasowa into the fold of the grouping The group was into various socio-economic activities, and it survived on rewards from reporting Tax evasion to MRA. The grouping planned to stop demonstrations planned for August 17 in favor of dialogue with the national president. Towards this end, the grouping through Duncan at pm, Saturday 13 August phoned the Malawi Police Inspector General Peter Mukitho to link them up with the president so that the group could lay down its plan to him in person. The rest of the group members were also told. Between 6 and 7pm the group arrived in Lilongwe and it was Robert who explained the groups aims to the IG.

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This online dialogue is a space for practitioners and scholars to share experiences, challenges, successes, resources and tool for the effective use of shadow reports to expose the reality of the human rights situation in their countries.

RCM strives to advance and protect minority rights through combating all forms of discrimination, exclusion and marginalization, and through promoting full participation of minorities in all spheres of society.

After establishing a common understanding of shadow reports, the participants transitioned into discussing some of the deeper topics and challenges: issues of credibility, effective process of writing a report, using reports for advocacy, and addressing non-state actor torture by shadow reports. Shadow reports are a method through which NGOs can supplement or provide an alternative point of view to governmental reports that states are required to submit under international treaties.

In the beginning of this dialogue, the distinction was made between the shadow report and alternative report. It enables civil society - NGOs and others - to present another side of the story to the committee than the one presented by the State Party. The shadow report can be used in other advocacy work, and with a little editing can be turned into an annual report for the NGO.

The resulting Concluding Observations issued by the committee can be very useful in subsequent advocacy work. The process presents a good opportunity to work in coalition with other organizations. Weaknesses: Creating a shadow report is very labor intensive and requires a lot of resources. In this initial portion of the dialogue, participants have shared powerful examples of how producing a shadow report has had an impact on the Concluding Observations and subsequently on state party behavior.

As a result the Concluding Observations included an appeal for the establishment of a "youth court. When discussing the process of creating a shadow report, four main areas have been discussed: Credibility and accountability How to effectively create a report? Shadow reports and advocacy Challenges in shadow reports: Non-state actors and non-recognized territories Credibility and Accountability As shadow reports aim to present an alternative view to that presented by the State Party, one of the primary challenges is its credibility.

The dialogue raised the issue whether cooperation between the organization and the government can jeopardize the credibility of the report. Some of the recommendations included: possible re-wording of goals in order to be more effective with the state party, and communicating with former NGO workers that are now in government but be careful as to not to compromise their position. Furthermore, organizations ought to maintain transparency with civil society by creating awareness, for example by creating round table discussions such as the one in Albania.

A crucial issue in maintaining credibility is the process of data collection. The dialogue emphasized the need for accuracy. Effectiveness While investing time and resources into collaborating with other organizations can contribute greatly to the report.

Collaborating with larger NGOs can add an international dimension and foster legitimacy of the report, collaborating with local NGOs has the potential to strengthen the on-the-ground work related to the issue, as well as continue building awareness in civil society.


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College of Medicine pathologist Dr Charles Dzamalala report says year-old Robert Chasowa, a political activist, died of blunt trauma consistent with assault. Dzamalala in his report. On 23 September the body of Chasowa was found lying face down covered in blood at the college. The pathologist underlined in the report that he had no opportunity to examine the body at the scene of the incident as police had already transferred the corpse to the morgue when a request for an autopsy was made. Some investigations say Inspector General Peter Mukhito and Commissioner Josse has met Chasowa and some students offering them money saying President Bingu wa Mutharika wanted them to disrupt the national demonstrations which were planned by civil society.


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Chasowa, an engineering student who was president of a youth rights group at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, which was critical of the late Bingu wa Mutharika regime, was during the reign of Democratic Progressive Party DPP found dead in a pool of blood at the campus last September. Police had initially said he had committed suicide and produced suicide notes. Had the Police done so, the critical guards who are now missing would have been questioned. The MLS, in a statement issued on Monday and made available to Nyasa Times, reads: While not every police officer who was involved in the events leading up to and after the death of Mr. Chasowa may be criminally liable, the Society believes that the conduct of most of these officers was most reprehensible and fell short of the standards demanded by the Constitution and other written laws. The society takes the view that those who further attempted to muddle the truth during the Chasowa Inquiry by knowingly telling the commission lies should not be allowed to getaway with it.


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