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Award of Chatham House Prize 2020 to Justices of Malawi's Constitutional Court

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1125: tabled on 12 November 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House congratulates the judges on the Constitutional Court of Malawi, Justice Healey Potani, Justice Ivy Kamanga, Justice Redson Kapindu, Justice Dingiswayo Madise and Justice Michael Tembo, who have been awarded the 2020 Chatham House Prize in recognition of the courage and independence in the defence of democracy demonstrated in their historic February 2020 ruling that annulled the May 2019 Malawian presidential election; notes that the Chatham House Prize is awarded annually to the person, persons or organisation deemed by the institute’s members to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year; further notes that Chatham House has concluded that at a time when standards of democratic governance are under threat not only in Africa, but in many democracies, Malawi’s constitutional court judges set an example for their peers across the world by upholding the centrality of the rule of law and separation of powers; recognises that the February 2020 judgement led to fresh elections in Malawi; and believes, with the members of Chatham House, that the judges' decision has helped to rebuild the confidence of Malawi’s citizens in their institutions, and serves as encourgament for those interested in upholding standards of democracy more widely across the African continent and around the world.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 16 November 2020
North Down
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Ochil and South Perthshire
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Glasgow North West
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Strangford
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 November 2020
Ceredigion
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 November 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 November 2020
Arfon
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
East Lothian
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Angus
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Glasgow East
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Lanark and Hamilton East
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Glasgow South West
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 16 November 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2020
Worthing West
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 November 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2020
Dundee West
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 November 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2020
Hayes and Harlington
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 December 2020
Glasgow North East

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.