To link to this article, copy this persistent link:
http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402019_text

(Jun 02, 2010) On May 29, 2010, Malawi's President, Bingu wa Mutharika, announced a pardon for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who had been sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment earlier in May. Their conviction as a gay couple was technically for "indecent practices between males" and "unnatural offences." (In Malawi, Ban Welcomes Pardoning of Gay Couple, UN NEWS, May 29, 2010, email transmission from UNNEWS@un.org.)

Commenting on the pardon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it courageous and said that he hoped Malawi's legislature "will take appropriate steps to update laws discriminating based on sexual orientation in line with international standards." (Id.) Speaking to the Parliament, Ban decried those who "stay quiet when people are denied fundamental rights – whatever their race or faith or age or gender or sexual orientation." (Id.)

For his part, Mutharika stated that the pardon, which resulted in the release of the two men from prison on the same day it was issued, was given on humanitarian grounds and did not signal a change in policy regarding the illegality of homosexuality in Malawi. (Raphael Tenthani, Malawi Gay Couple Keep Low Profile After Pardon, THE WASHINGTON POST, May 30, 2010, available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/30/AR201005
3001006.html
.)

Author: Constance Johnson More by this author
Topic: Human rights More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Malawi More about this jurisdiction

Search Legal News
Find legal news by topic, country, keyword, date, or author.

Global Legal Monitor RSS
Get the Global Legal Monitor delivered to your inbox. Sign up for RSS service.

The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can find previous news by searching the GLM.

Last updated: 06/02/2010