Tag Archives: Malawi

In Malawi, the glass is half full (experimental version)

Compassionate, progressive thinking is bubbling up even in the world’s  conservative, homophobic societies. One example: Malawi in southern Africa, as evidenced in this experimental version of the article “Malawi: Judge seeks renewed gay arrests; gay man attacked.” The most prominent news … Continue reading

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Malawi: Judge seeks renewed gay arrests; gay man attacked

A gang in central Malawi and a judge in northern Malawi have raised the stakes in that country’s debates over whether to persecute LGBTI citizens or to recognize their human rights. In Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, on Feb. 8, “a group … Continue reading

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Stronger voices for LGBT rights in Malawi

By Jack Flanagan The news coming from Malawi may suggest a gradual shift in political opinion about LGBT rights. Recently, Malawian President Peter Mutharika announced through his press secretary Gerald Viola that he “wants gay rights protected,” in an interview … Continue reading

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Call for police probe of anti-gay hate speech in Malawi

Anti-gay politicians and preachers in Malawi have responded harshly to the government’s decision on Dec. 19 to continue the country’s moratorium on arrests for violations of its law against same-sex intercourse. In return, the Malawi Law Society has asked police … Continue reading

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Gay Malawian appeals for justice; now he’s in hiding

“Gays come out fighting: ‘Kill us or give us our rights’ ” is the headline on an article in today’s The Times of Malawi and on the front page of Malawi News. In the article, no gays “come out fighting.” … Continue reading

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Malawi drops charges against 2 arrested for gay sex

The government of Malawi announced today that charges have been dropped against two men arrested Dec. 7 for alleged homosexual activity. In a statement, Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu reaffirmed Malawi’s moratorium on arrests and prosecutions for alleged violations of the … Continue reading

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Malawi outraged as West opposes revival of gay arrests

Malawi is no longer a beacon of hope for human rights activists; instead it may be backsliding into an official embrace of anti-gay repression that the country had left behind. At the same time, many Malawians are focusing relatively little … Continue reading

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