Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Malawi has no respect for human rights, say arrested gays

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the two Malawian gays arrested for organising a public gays' engagement on Saturday, have accused Malawian authorities of surpressing human freedoms, citing the arrests as a living example.
Monjeza and Chimbalanga told Zachimalawi yesterday (Tuesday, when Zachimalawi paid them a visit alongside other Malawian journalists, they had gone through hell they no longer believed they were Malawians.
"In fact, we are separating now, having realised that Malawi has no homosexual rights. We are saddened with what has happened to us; all the brutal questioning and the like. God is the best judge," said Chimbalanga, as Monjeza shook his head in disbelief.
The two, however, said they would not change their sexual orientation because of the harassment, but would instead be steadfast in defending their rights.
They have since appealed to well-wishers for financial and legal help, saying this was the requisite time to challenge Malawi's "repressive laws" on homosexuality.

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