The Constitutional Protection of Minority Religious Rights in Malawi: The Case of Rastafari Students

  title={The Constitutional Protection of Minority Religious Rights in Malawi: The Case of Rastafari Students},
  author={Mtendeweka Owen Mhango},
  journal={Journal of African Law},
  pages={218 - 244}
  • M. Mhango
  • Published 18 September 2008
  • Law
  • Journal of African Law
Abstract In Malawi, Rastafari students are prevented from attending public schools on account of their dreadlocks. This article seeks to analyse a framework for assessing whether Rastafari qualifies as a religion under section 33 of the Constitution of Malawi. The article argues that Rastafari is a recognized religion and that its sincere adherents should have full protection under the Constitution of Malawi, as do members of other religious groups. The article discusses potential problems for… 
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