Petition regarding the Adoption of David Banda by Madonna sign now

The Chairperson
Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs
National Assembly
P/Bag B 362
Lilongwe 3
Malawi


The Chief Justice
High Court of Malawi
P.O. Box 30244
Chichiri
Blantyre 3
Malawi.

Mr. Kilembe Director of Social Welfare
Ministry of Women and Child Development
Private Bag 330
Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Mr. Justine Hamera Head of Child Protection
Ministry of Women and Child Development
Private Bag 330
Box 30375, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Ms Linda Kabwila Child Protection Officer
UNICEF Lilongwe
Box 30375, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Mac Roibin Seamus Head of Social Policy
UNICEF Lilongwe
Box 30375, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

M. Banda, Investigator
Malawi Human Rights Commission
Private Bag 378, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

The Editor
Daily Times
Private Bag 39, Blantyre, Malawi

The Editor
Nation Publication
Box 30408, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, Malawi

The Editor
Associated Press
Box 880, Auckland Park 2006
South Africa


Dear respected Sir, Madam,

We the undersigned are adoptees, adoptive parents, natural parents, activists and other people interested in adoption.

Since we learned about Madonnas adoption of a child from your country, we have been worried about the way this adoption has been carried out.

First we would like to stress that there are relevant international adoption standards, namely the Hague Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since Malawi has not signed the Hague Convention, you are not obliged to act within its requirements. However, it may be very helpful to nevertheless follow those international standards.
We are concerned about the adoption of David Banda for the following reasons:

1)
It does not appear that his father provided informed consent

2)
Malawian law usually requires that the foreigner resides in Malawi for good reasons. For example, what would be better for David now, to be bonding/adjusting calmly for 18 months in Malawi or travelling all over the world w/ different caretakers?

3)
Did the $3 million donation which Madonna gave to Malawi influence the Court's decision in any way?

4)
Why, if there are so many real orphans, did Madonna need to adopt a child who had a living father and an extended family?

5)
Usually a foreign adoption is sponsored by a social welfare agency in the receiving country. That doesnt seem to be the case here.

There is a good reason for safeguards to be in place concerning the international adoption of a child. Many sending countries have ended up with adoption systems that have degenerated in nothing more than the wholesale trafficking of children for the purpose of adoption.

We hope that Malawi understands that Intercountry Adoption is a sensitive matter and it should be dealt with adequately, with rules, regulations and international standards being followed by each applicant.

We kindly request that you sincerely look into whether the adoption of David Banda has met international standards and to take all necessary and appropriate measures to safeguard his best interests.









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