LILONGWE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) – Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Malawi government has a responsibility to stand up for human rights abuses, said President Peter Mutharika at Masintha ground in Lilongwe during the commemoration of the International Human Rights day held under the theme “Our rights, Our freedom, Always.”
Malawi Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Justin Dzonzi said among the challenges facing the Malawi nation include, poor education, lack of clean water, financial services as well as energy.
Dzonzi then called on the Government to value its people by making sure that all the necessities are available and accessible.
“As we reflect on the progress made, let us all realise the duty and responsibilities,” Dzonzi said.
Mutharika emphasised the need for people in the country to love and respect each other and never to allow any differences override over human rights fundamental principles.
“Let us rise above our differences and focus on things that matter most for our human existence,” he said.
“Let us remember that we all born equal with dignity and worth and every human life is as worth as any other. Think of the other person as human first and foremost.”
The President further said the more people think of the differences in social class, gender, culture, origin and political ideology the more they must remember that we are all humans equal in the fundamental of our existence.
“We can live up to our common duty of respecting one another’s rights, feel the pain in the suffering of others and stand up for them even when the fundamental rights are being violated,” the president said.
As reggae king Bob Marley said in his song; “Life is your right. So we can’t give up the fight. Stand up for your right, Lord, Lord Get Up, Stand Up.”
He hinted that, for the development of any country, it is important that rights of the citizens are respected.
However, the President lamented that it is the responsibility of everyone to think of the duties and obligation that come along with these universal rights.
“No country can develop by thinking of rights without our sense of duty and responsibility. Malawi cannot progress if we think of our rights and freedoms more than our duties and responsibilities,” Mutharika explained.
He assured of supporting the fight and promotion of human rights, by among other things, passing legislations that are in support of the human rights principles.