July 22, 2011
Millennium Challenge Corporation Statement on Recent Events in Malawi
MCC is deeply concerned by this week’s events in Malawi. The use of force by Malawian authorities on July 20 to prevent peaceful demonstrations, as well as the restrictions imposed on media reporting on those demonstrations, calls into question the government’s commitment to good governance principles as captured by MCC’s scorecard. We are further disturbed by reports of violence targeting individuals based on their political or social affiliations.
We join the whole of the U.S. Government in calling on the people and the Government of Malawi to remain committed to the principles of democracy and to express disagreements through peaceful means.
MCC supports citizens’ fundamental freedoms of expression and association in our partner countries. As a core part of a compact partnership, MCC expects the Government of Malawi to maintain and demonstrate a commitment to democracy and the rule of law. In light of this week’s events, MCC is closely monitoring the actions of the Government of Malawi and reviewing MCC operations.