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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Rights groups in Malawi outraged by racist, exploitative videos

Rights groups in Malawi have urged authorities to quickly locate and deport a Chinese man who was found to have made and sold videos of child abuse. A BBC investigation found that a man named Lou paid children to sing and speak Mandarin in disturbing videos sold online.

The BBC’s investigation found that Lu was shooting hundreds of videos a day and selling them to a Chinese website for up to $70. The kids who performed in the video were paid about half a dollar.

Lu Ke taught the children phrases in Mandarin in which he praised the Chinese people, made fun of poverty, and uttered a racist derision that he was “a black monster” and had a “low IQ.”

Sylvester Namiwa, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives in Malawi, said the video was an insult not only to the Malawi people but also to black people around the world.

“We have also extended our call [the] The Chinese embassy will publicly apologize to all the people of Malawi and the black community in the world.

The Chinese embassy in Malawi has condemned the content of the video, saying it will work with the Malawi government to ensure that the matter is properly addressed.

In the statement on its official social media platform, the Chinese government further said that it has noted that the videos were shot in 2020 and that China has been cracking down on such illegal online acts in recent years.

But Namiwa said the statement was distasteful.

“It seems they want to create the impression that since this work was done in 2020, there is no need to worry,” he said. “We’re telling them that if … it was filmed in 1906, we should have asked them to apologize, no matter what. What we want is action, not rhetoric.”

Comfort Mankhawaji, president of the University of Malawi Child Rights Legal Clinic under the Law Faculty, said his organization would hold street protests next week and submit a petition to the Chinese embassy in the capital, Lilongwe.

“One of the things we’re going to shed light on is that the money was made at the expense of the humiliation of these kids and perhaps ignorance of what they were really doing,” she said. “We think it’s fair if these kids were compensated for it because in a sense, that’s what makes that money.”

Meanwhile, Mankhawazi is urging the governments of Malawi and China to help catch the criminal who is believed to have fled the country.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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