Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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Threats to Malawi's foreign aid over its treatment of LGBT people are leading to attacks on civil society rganisations.
This week Malawi's Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Dr. George Chaponda said that recent withdrawals of foreign aid by various countries were the fault of two NGO leaders: Human Rights Consultative Commitee (HRCC) chairperson Undule Mwakasungula and executive director of Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) Gift Trapence. Both organisations actively support LGBT rights. >>>
03/04/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Following the recent proposed criminalisation of same sex sexual practices amongst women in Malawi, some international donors have decided to withhold financial aid amounting close to 400 million dollars, a move which might see the country reaching an economic meltdown. >>>
07/03/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Malawian Civil Society Organisations have lashed out at religious leaders in support of the new bill outlawing lesbianism in Malawi, stating, “Christianity as a religion should not be used to alienate diversity, people in Malawi come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs and traditions.” This, after Malawian Council of Churches (MCC) Chairperson Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe said same-sex practices “threaten the family unit” and “contradict Malawi’s rich traditions, culture and its spirituality as a God fearing nation.” >>>
18/10/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda, has called for tolerance towards homosexuality, at a meeting hosted by the Inter-Faith AIDS Association (MIAA) held in Blantyre, Malawi, on 29 September this year. >>>
05/06/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
President Museveni yesterday said Ugandans are opposed to homosexuality because it is not part of African culture. Speaking to Christians who gathered to mark the Uganda Martyrs Day at the Anglican shrine in Nakiyanja, President Museveni castigated Europeans for imposing what he called western culture onto African countries.
05/06/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
While the two Malawian gay men Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been granted a presidential pardon on “humanitarian grounds”, annulling a 14 year sentence for “gross indecency and unnatural acts”, speculation is mounting on the exact conditions of their release. The Human Rights Commission in Malawi has said that the pair’s pardon does not change the laws that homosexual acts are illegal in the country. >>>
GENEVA (21 May 2010) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday that the prosecution and sentencing of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for a Malawian gay couple, imposed by a court in Malawi on Thursday, is “blatantly discriminatory” and sets an alarming precedent in the region for the treatment of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people, as well as groups that support them. >>>
Human rights campaigners protest after Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga sent to serve sentences 40 miles apart. A gay couple jailed for 14 years in Malawi have been separated into prisons more than 40 miles apart with little hope of maintaining contact.
Steven Monjeza, 26, and his partner, 20-year-old Tiwonge Chimbalanga, were last week convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts and sentenced to the maximum 14 years with hard labour.
Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said today that he is deeply troubled by the harsh prison sentence given a gay couple in Malawi that was accused of violating the “order of nature” and convicted of sodomy. They have remained in jail since their arrest on December 28. >>>
Pan Africa ILGA join all our global human rights organizations and especially the Malawian organization the Center for the Development of People (CEDEP) in condemning the conviction and harsh sentencing of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour by a Magistrate Court in Blantyre, Malawi of Tiwonge ("Tionge") Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza for "unnatural offences" and "indecent practices between males" under Sections 153 and 156 of the Malawi Penal Code. >>>
Oakland, Calif., May 18, 2010 - The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) strongly condemns today’s ruling in Malawi that held Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency under the Malawi Penal Code. >>>
The Malawi Law Society (MLS), a constitutionally-recognised body that represents the interests of lawyers and the legal profession in Malawi, has called for the immediate release on bail of Malawi's incarcerated first openly gay couple, saying the society does not pose a danger to them and vice versa. >>>