Tag Archives: Paul Kasonkomona

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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LGBT in Zambia: ‘How many more lives will be ruined?’

In response to the latest court case against alleged homosexuals in Zambia, the leader of the Zambian human rights organization Friends of Rainka has called for an end to persecution of LGBT people. Juliet Mphande, executive director of Friends of … Continue reading

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Anti-gay court action in Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia

Three countries, three courts, three anti-gay moves: Malaysia: Opposition leader guilty of sodomy KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier … Continue reading

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Zambia: Acquittal for opponent of anti-gay laws

AIDS activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted today on charges that he was “soliciting for immoral purposes” when he appealed on television for the repeal of the Zambian law against homosexual activity, which he said encourages the spread of AIDS. Magistrate … Continue reading

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Trial nearly over for opponent of Zambian anti-gay law

AIDS activist Paul Kasonkomona is scheduled to learn on Feb. 20 whether a judge will dismiss charges that were brought against him after he appeared on Zambian TV last April and said that the country should repeal its law against … 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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Zambia LGBTs seek liberties of ‘every other citizen’

In a new video, human rights activist Juliet Mphande calls on Zambia to grant LGBT people “the same liberties as  every other citizen.” “We have a nation that historically has spoken out against all forms of injustice across the region,” … Continue reading

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Zambian police were ordered to arrest AIDS activist

A Zambian police officer who arrested AIDS activist Paul Kasonkomona in April revealed yesterday that he and his colleagues had made the arrest under orders and did not know what Kasonkomona had said on TV that led to the arrest. … Continue reading

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Zambian charge: Defendant’s anti-AIDS advocacy was immoral

Legal proceedings against AIDS fighter Paul Kasonkomona continued Oct. 29 on the charge that, by proposing the repeal of Zambia’s anti-homosexuality law, he was “soliciting for immoral purposes.” Here is what Kasonkomona said on Muvi TV, as described by Anneke … Continue reading

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Politically motivated trial of Zambian AIDS fighter

Anneke Meerkotter, lawyer for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre’s LGBT and Sex Worker Rights Programme, wrote this analysis of the ongoing trial of AIDS fighter Paul Kasonkomona in Zambia. The trial is scheduled to resume Oct. 29. The account originally … Continue reading

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