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Rights groups to monitor Madonna
Madonna with her children, Lourdes (left) and Rocco, and David Banda
David is currently living with Madonna and her family in London
Pop star Madonna has accepted a High Court ruling allowing a coalition of human rights groups to monitor her in her bid to adopt an African child.

The court decision allows the alliance of 67 Malawian groups to take part in the judicial review of the US singer's adoption of one-year-old David Banda.

"The Ritchies... have no problem with the ruling," said lawyer, Alan Chinula.

Madonna was granted an 18-month interim custody order in October, which allowed her to take David out of Malawi.

'Fast-tracked'

Under the court order, David was to stay with Madonna for 18 months during which time his progress would be monitored by Malawi officials.

The human rights groups are concerned that the Malawian government may have cut legal corners to "fast-track" the celebrity adoption. They argue regulations must be followed to protect children.

Judge Andrew Nyirenda, in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, previously ruled that the coalition could be regarded as "friends of the court" and so could pursue their application for a full review of the interim custody order.

I appeal to rich people with Madonna's kind heart to come and adopt these children
Yohane Banda

The adoption of the 14-month toddler sparked heated debate around the globe. But Madonna has denied using her wealth and fame to fast-track the adoption process.

"We followed the law to the letter in the adoption process," said Madonna lawyer, Alan Chinula.

"But it's good now that this will be a test case and will help to come up with guiding principles for future inter-country adoptions,"

Yohane Banda, David's father, told the Associated Press that he hoped the case would lead to reforms in the law, making it easier for foreigners to adopt Malawian children.

"In Malawi, there are to many underprivileged children, most of them orphans. I appeal to rich people with Madonna's kind heart to come and adopt these children."




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