Malawi gay law suspension 'courageous'

2012-11-08 18:58

Blantyre - Malawi's justice minister says the government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and that police cannot arrest or prosecute people for same-sex acts.

The international rights group Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called the decision "courageous" and said that it should inspire other countries that criminalise homosexuality.

Malawi's justice minister-attorney general last week told a public debate on minority rights that the police have been ordered not to arrest anyone suspected of engaging in homosexuality. Those convicted under Malawi 's laws against same-sex acts can get up to 14 years in jail with hard labour.

Ralph Kasambara also said parliament will soon discuss the laws. Soon after taking office in April, President Joyce Banda announced that parliament will review the country's anti-gay laws.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-08 21:19

    Pity we don't have a Joyce Banda running SA. She sounds like she's got her head screwed on the right way, unlike cANCer.

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-09 07:17

      Hear hear!

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  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-11-09 08:53

    I find it interesting that the most anti-gay comments here usually comes from black men. You do realise why our constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation? For decades black people were oppressed by another group – and now you are doing exactly the same thing. So basically the struggle that your ancestors went through meant nothing to you. Learn you history and have some respect for what your elders went through.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-09 10:22

      so true. They'll probably play the apartheid card to justify their homophobia too. This is why I don't bother to get involved in community work, because from what I hear from most black men they think they have the right to 'slap' gay people. These hyper-masculine black men aren't even man enough to support the multiple children they father in many cases.

      mbossenger - 2012-11-09 11:49

      Well said Phoenixx - I've tried to explain it to them before, but still the comments persist. What they call for is exactly what apartheid was - discrimination against a group based on arbitary criteria. Whether that criteria is race or sexual orientation makes no difference to the principle.

  • Blaise Malundu - 2012-11-09 20:33

    ppl don't do this is rubish to be homo, if you do this, satan give you a visa to be with him to the hell. believe in jesus for your life !!!

      IWANTTO - 2012-11-09 23:40

      Maybe you should get an education and learn to write something that makes sense,before you post such crap.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-10 13:08

      There is no such thing as Satan. Satan is just a scapegoat religious people use to absolve themselves of responsibility for their actions - 'I didn't mean to steal, I was tempted by Satan; I didn't mean to touch that child, Satan was whispering in my ear' - utter rubbish. The only hell is the hell people make for themselves and others on earth. I'm gay and I know when I die I will only decompose in the ground. Only a malevolent God not worthy of worship would punish people for love. It's as simple as that - no God that tells me my relationships of mutual consent deserve eternal punishment is worth my time. Nietzsche declared the death of God and he was right.

  • IWANTTO - 2012-11-09 23:41

    Interesting how my pro gay post keeps on vanishing ...

  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-10 13:09

    Funny how the original post by that guy saying he would 'slap' gay people has disappeared.

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