Malawi debates its anti-LGBTI law, still on hold
Africa

Malawi debates its anti-LGBTI law, still on hold

For now, Malawi is abiding by the principle that fundamental human rights, including the human rights of LGBTI people, should not be jeopardized by putting them to a vote in a referendum. Janet Banda, Malawi’s solicitor general, last month said the government will conduct unspecified “public inquiries,” not a referendum, into whether the country’s anti-homosexuality … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Glimmers of hope, despite Malawi pastors’ wrong-headed idea

A glimmer of good news is visible in a news article about a group of homophobic Christian pastors in Malawi who don’t even understand their own country’s laws. The glimmer comes from an anonymous journalist’s caption under a photo of a rainbow flag, which illustrates the article. The caption states, “Displaying the rainbow flag of … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

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 in the original article is negative. The following version emphasizes positive aspects of what’s going … 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 on a local radio station. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Viola reiterated Mutharika’s message of … 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 country’s anti-gay law, which has been challenged as unconstitutional and in violation of Malawi’s commitments … Continue reading