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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 after family members reported them to police in response to a nationwide appeal to Zambian … Continue reading

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Commentary: Let’s face facts about Zambian corruption

Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia, writes: ZAMBIA IN CRISIS On June 8, 2014, Zambian deputy minister of foreign affairs Gabriel Namulambe made a well-orchestrated media performance in response to visiting United States of America state department officials. The deputy foreign affairs minister, without delving into what was discussed in … Continue reading

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Activist: Cheers, fears over historic African resolution

Much work needs to be done throughout Africa to follow up on an African Commission resolution opposing violence and human rights violations against sexual minorities, says Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia. In this commentary, Mphande  describes the message the resolution  sends to African governments and  its meaning to African human … 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 self-identifying gay man was beaten up by a mob of people in Lusaka’s Garden compound. … 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 since last spring. Four people are facing prosecution for  homosexuality. A fifth is on trial … Continue reading

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Acclamations et craintes face à la résolution africaine historique

Publié le 3 juin 2014 (Also published in English) Beaucoup de travail a besoin d’être fait partout en l’Afrique pour donner suite à la résolution de la Commission africaine qui s’oppose à la violence et aux infractions des droits humains contre les minorités sexuelles, a dit Juliet Mphande, militante Zambienne active aux des droits humains, … Continue reading