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Malawi court hears appeal on three men convicted of homosexuality

Monday, January 20, 2014

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi’s top court is considering an appeal of the conviction of three men who are serving long jail terms for homosexual acts.

MalawiActivists describe it as a landmark case.

The High Court started hearing the case on Monday after the Center for Development of People, a civil rights group that campaigns for minority rights, challenged the government on its tough laws on gays.

Gift Trapence, executive director of the civil rights group, wants the court to declare that the laws criminalizing homosexuality in Malawi are unconstitutional.

In 2011, a lower court in Malawi sentenced the three men to between six and 12 years imprisonment with hard labor.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Convicted?? How do you know? Do they follow you to your bedroom???

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:48pm
  2. :(

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:52pm
  3. Sad…

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:55pm
  4. Maybe there is hope in Africa after all.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:09pm
  5. Come on Malawi!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:54pm
  6. They’re one of the poorest nations in Africa; you’d think they’d have more pressing things to worry about than people being gay! #RollsEyes

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:35pm
  7. Never even heard of this rat ass country. Fucking idiots.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:04pm
  8. The court needs to throw the outrageous convictions out!! Malawi has the chance to put itself on the side of justice and banish this discrimination and bigotry, take your cues from South Africa and it’s non discrimination laws and pro LGBTQ constitution .

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:02pm
  9. Damn!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:03pm
  10. This really shows how stupid it all is.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:29pm