During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Country has not previously held a seat on the Council
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on internally displaced persons, 2016
Malawi presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidature for the period 2021-2023 on 28 August 2020. At the international level, the Government of Malawi pledged, among other things to continue participating in key human rights institutions, including the Council; enhance cooperation with the UN Special Procedures; submit outstanding reports and improve engagement with UN treaty bodies; advocate for the strengthening of international institutions as a means of sustaining global peace; and continue supporting the work of OHCHR.
An analysis of the steps taken by Malawi to fulfil its international-level pledges shows that the country indeed participates in Council debates and dialogues, delivering individual statements in almost 35% of these meetings. Malawi maintains a standing invitation to Special Procedures but only responded to 36% of the communications received and facilitated 40% of all requested visits. Regarding engagement with Treaty Bodies, Malawi has only accepted one individual communications procedure (under the ICCPR) and has four overdue periodic reports, one of which, under the CESCR, was due 26 years ago. Malawi hosts an OHCHR Human Rights Adviser.