Tag Archives: Kapiri Mposhi

Despite acquittal, trial revealed deep Zambian injustices

The arrest, trial, year-long detention and recent acquittal of Philip Mubiana and James Mwape on homosexuality charges demonstrate much that’s wrong with Zambia’s legal, political and social life, along with a few strengths, lawyer Anneke Meekotter writes in the Southern … Continue reading

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Zambia frees 2 allegedly gay men after year in prison

Breaking news from Zambia: Zambia detainees Philip Mubiana and James Mwape were acquitted today of charges of violating the Zambian law against homosexual activity, human rights activists report. They had been in custody since May 5, 2013. They were arrested … Continue reading

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Zambia to West: Don’t watch when we jail LGBT people

Zambian officials took offense this week at the presence of diplomatic observers in a courtroom where two allegedly gay young men are on trial on charges of violating Zambia’s anti-homosexuality law. “US, German support for sodomy-accused disappoints State” stated the … Continue reading

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Verdict delayed in Zambian anti-gay trial

A verdict has been delayed in the trial of  two young Zambian men who have been imprisoned for more than a year on homosexuality charges. The trial had been scheduled to end May 30, but it was delayed, reportedly until … Continue reading

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Zambian LGBT rights at risk in May 30 verdict

LGBT rights activists are looking forward apprehensively to the end of the trial of two young Zambian men who have been imprisoned for more than a year on homosexuality charges. The outcome of the trial, scheduled to end May 30, … Continue reading

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6 in court facing anti-gay charges in Zambia, Emirates

In recent days, anti-homosexuality laws have resulted in three court cases involving six defendants in two countries: Zambia: 11 months in prison with no conviction, no bail The trial of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana has been adjourned to April … Continue reading

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10 months in Zambian prison on gay charges; no bail

Approaching 10 months in prison without bail on homosexuality charges, two young Zambian men learned today that their ordeal will continue. Magistrate John Mbuzi ruled that the prosecution’s recently completed case against them was strong enough that the case should … Continue reading

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Zambia’s growing intolerance towards LGBTI persons

From Zambian human rights activist Juliet Mphande: During recent weeks, we have received numerous reports of increased violations against sexually diverse and gender-variant persons, particularly gay men, in Zambia. Beating by anti-gay mob, including police On January 3, 2014, a … Continue reading

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8 months in Zambian prison on gay charges; no bail

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case tomorrow (Jan. 24) against two young Zambian men facing homosexuality charges. Philip Mubiana and James Mwape  have been imprisoned for eight months without bail since they were arrested in early May, … Continue reading

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Zambia: Police raid suspected gays without warrants

Don’t forget Zambia’s oppressed LGBT community, who continue to endure  homophobic repression even as Uganda and Nigeria teeter on the verge of adopting their own new repressive laws targeting their LGBT citizens.  Zambia has been conducting a harsh anti-gay crackdown … Continue reading

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