Malawi Places Moratorium on Anti-Homosexual Laws
In response to the Malawian government’s decision to drop charges of sodomy against two men and suspend the controversial anti-homosexual laws, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Freedom House welcomes the government’s rededication to protect the human rights of its citizens, particularly those in the LGBT community,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “We urge the government to formally repeal the discriminatory laws, and ensure that a culture and spirit of inclusiveness is fostered amongst all of the country’s citizens."
Police charged two men with sodomy on December 7 after the men were detained by a community policing group in Lilongwe. Following international condemnation of the arrest, the Malawian Justice Minister released the two men, and said a temporary moratorium on “prosecutions for alleged violations of the country’s anti-gay laws” would be re-enforced. The moratorium was announced in 2012, and has since been loosely adhered to.
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Malawi is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015 and Freedom of the Press 2015.
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