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Malawi urged to release activists

17 October 2011 Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience. The Malawian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release five activists being held in connection with a peaceful protest in the capital Lilongwe on Friday, Amnesty International said today. The five have been charged with holding an illegal demonstration outside the Malawian parliament. Police allege the activists did not obtain permission for the protest, as required under the Police Act. “The Malawian authorities have no basis for holding these activists, who appear…

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