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It’s official: No more Malawi arrests under anti-gay laws

Malawi has stopped arresting people for same-sex intimacy pending a review of the country’s anti-gay laws, Malawi’s justice minister told the U.N. Human Rights Committee last week. The latest moratorium is related to last fall’s move by the country’s High … Continue reading

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3 in Malawi prisons await ruling on sodomy law

Powerful figures in Malawi are battling in court over whether the country’s law against homosexual activity should be repealed. Malawian human rights activists argue that the law that criminalizes homosexual behavior (Section 153) is unconstitutional and in violation of  Malawi’s … Continue reading

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UN joins legal challenge to Malawi’s anti-gay law

The United Nations AIDS task force has joined a constitutional challenge to Malawi’s sodomy law, which will go before that country’s High Court on March 17. The law has been on hold since November 2012, when Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara declared … Continue reading

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Malawi High Court weighs overturning anti-gay law

Malawi’s anti-gay law faced a new challenge this week as the Malawi High Court decided to review the constitutionality of the country’s ban on  homosexual intercourse. That law has been on hold since November 2012, when Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has … Continue reading

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Jailed for first try at gay wedding, Malawian wants another

After fleeing to South Africa in the months after his 14-year prison sentence for homosexuality was reversed in Malawi, Tiwonge Chimbalanga says he has no regrets about his 2009 engagement ceremony there. “I did nothing wrong not even a tiny … Continue reading

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Moratorium on gay arrests in Malawi

The justice minister in Malawi has called for a moratorium on arrests and prosecutions under laws that ban homosexual activity. “If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be … Continue reading

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Malawi is homophobic, but is learning about gays

Malawi President Joyce Banda says her country is not yet ready to repeal its laws against homosexual activity, but nevertheless many Malawi citizens have at least been trying to inform themselves about the lives of sexual minorities. That’s apparent from … Continue reading

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Malawi leader: My plan to repeal anti-gay laws is stymied

The people of Malawi apparently aren’t ready to repeal the country’s laws against homosexual activity, says President Joyce Banda, who has vowed to seek to overturn them. Current law in Malawi provides for imprisonment for up to five years for … Continue reading

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What African heads of state won’t say at the UN

Reposted from the Huffington Post, with permission: What African Heads of State Won’t Say at the UN General Assembly By Josh D. Scheinert The opening of the UN General Assembly is taking place before us. It is a grand opportunity, … Continue reading

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His family firebombed, African activist finds friendship in DC

In this excerpt from a longer column, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle tells how a retired couple is supporting change in Africa through personal contact with a priest from Malawi who was one of 26 LGBT activists who visited Washington, … Continue reading

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