Malawi to conclude analysis of laws on the definition of a child...

Malawi to conclude analysis of laws on the definition of a child by December 2017

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The Government of Malawi has indicated that it expects to conclude an initial analysis of all laws on the definition of a child by December 2017.

According to Malawian Government’s third report submitted August 25, 2017 to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on the amicable settlement agreement reached in October 2016 Malawi children’s case between the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Malawi before the ACERWC.

The report indicates that

  • In June 2017, the Government of Malawi organised a meeting with stakeholders to kick-start the process of harmonising all laws on the definition of a child;
  • The Malawi Law Commission has carried-out an initial audit on all laws on the definition of a child;
  • Malawi expects to conclude an initial analysis of all laws on the definition of a child by December 2017.

In 2014, the IHRDA, on behalf of children in Malawi, had filed a complaint against Malawi before the ACERWC, challenging section 23 (6) of the Malawian Constitution which had set 16 years as the age of majority, contrary to the provisions of the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child to which Malawi is a party.