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on the release of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza
and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
May 30, 2010
GALZ welcomes the unconditional pardon and immediate release from
Prison of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza by Malawian President,
Bingu wa Mutharika. The two were convicted for contravening the
Malawian Penal Code section 153 "unnatural offences"
and section 156 "indecent practices between males" and
were serving a prison sentence of 14 years with hard labour.
of the African union, President Mutharika's valiant decision
should be emulated by leaders of 33 African states that still have
laws that discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation.
We applaud President
Mutharika for granting reprieve to the two innocent individuals
and hail this as a positive step in the repeal of discriminatory
laws that violate international human rights principles and specifically
article 2 of the African Charter which aims to ensure equality of
treatment for individuals irrespective of nationality, sex, racial
or ethnic origin, political opinion, religion or belief, disability,
age or sexual orientation.
We urge African
leaders to respect, fulfil and uphold the constitutional rights
of equality and non discrimination for all citizens including lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgendered persons in the true spirit of Ubuntu.
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