The Human Rights Section in the Ministry of Justice was set up to coordinate human rights issues. The Section is responsible for state party reporting to United Nations treaty bodies and African Union human rights system. The Section also coordinates human rights issues on behalf of the Ministry by working hand in hand with other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and civil society organizations.
The Section has four state advocates and two assistant legal officers.Presently, the Section is working on the National Human Rights Action Plan in corroboration with the Malawi Human Rights Commission. In terms of state party reports, the following are currently being drafted:
- African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and the Protocol on the Rights of Women
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Convention Against Torture
- Convention Against Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The second cycle review of Malawi under the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations took place in May 2015. The National Task Force on UPR has been tasked to coordinate the implementation of the recommendations Malawi received during the review.