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Tumeliwa Mphepo

Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM)

Tumeliwa Mphepo is a woman human rights defender and a member of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM). Tumeliwa has served as a member of the National Executive Council of APAM and currently she is serving in the Secretariat of the Association as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer. APAM is an organization that promotes, protects and defends the rights of persons with albinism in Malawi; in addition to spreading awareness about the condition. As a person with albinism and an active member of the Association, Tumeliwa is working to end discrimination, abuse, abductions and killings of persons with albinism in Malawi. Tumeliwa is also a Scottish Human Rights Defender Fellow, a partnership between the Scottish Government and the University of Dundee supported by Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, Beyond Borders and SCIAF.


Once considered a country where civil society could express itself freely, Malawi descended into a spiral of authoritarianism which culminated in the targeting of human rights defenders through arrests, prosecution, death threats and the violent dispersal of protests.