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Malawi suspends anti-gay laws: the facts

6th November 2012
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The president of Malawi has suspended anti-gay laws which had meant any show of homosexuality was an arrestable offence.

Although at the moment only a temporary suspension whilst permenant legislation change is discussed, Amnesty International's spokesman, Noel Kututwa, has said"We hope it serves as the first step toward ending discrimination and persecution based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity."

Why?

Malawi has recently come under international fire after arresting two men for getting married. In the same year, it also detained a man for putting up posters supporting homosexuality.

Reassuringly, Malawi's new President of six months has condemmed her predeccesor's actions and pledged to change the attitude towards homosexuality in the country.

Who?

President Joyce Banda has been in office since April 2012. She is an educator and grassroots women's rights activist as well as the founder and leader of the liberal People's Party.

When?

The laws were repealed this week and the debate in Parliament is on going. In such a deeply conservative country, it is unclear when a final decision will be made.

Where?

Malawi is an exception to the African laws on homosexuality. Of the 54 sovereign states, only South Africa and the Canary Islands have completley outlawed discrimination based on homosexuality.




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