Saturday, May 29, 2010

Malawi (small East African country) pardons two men from gay-related offenses

The president of Malawi has pardoned two men from convictions for anti-gay laws that would have resulted in 14-year prison sentences. The solicitor general of the country, Anthony Kamanga, announced the pardon May 29. The prosecutions had been brought after a public engagement ceremony, and the men were subjected to “medical” examinations. Homosexual acts are a crime in over 30 African countries, with recent anti-gay legislation proposed in Uganda attracting much attention.

CNN has a story today on this matter here.

The country has borders with Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique.

Wikipedia attribution link for Malawi-Lilongwe map

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