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State Dept 'Disappointed' Over Conviction of Malawi Gay Couple


Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley mentioned the conviction of Malawi gay couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza yesterday in the State Dept. press briefing.

Said Crowley: Cuffed_malawi  

"The United States is deeply disappointed in today’s conviction of same-sex couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi. We view the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as a step backward in the protection of human rights in Malawi. The Government of Malawi must respect the human rights of all of its citizens. The United States views the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as integral to the protection of human rights in Malawi and elsewhere in the world."

Malawian Minister of Information, Leckford Mwanza Thotho made a statement about yesterday's conviction of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga for "gross indecency" and "unnatural acts". Said Thotho: "What we are saying is that the ruling or the court proceeding as of today, reflects our tradition in Malawi. It just shows that the gay issue is against our culture in Malawi."

Some additional details on the conviction from the NYT:

"Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa, in delivering Tuesday’s judgment in a small courtroom in Blantyre, the country’s commercial capital, was similarly stern. He referred to the crime as 'buggery,' using language from when Malawi was a British colony and the current law was written. He found both men guilty of “carnal knowledge” that was 'against the order of nature.' He said the two had been 'living together as husband and wife,' which 'transgresses the Malawian recognized standards of propriety.' As the judgment was translated for them from English into Chichewa, the defendants barely flinched. Then they were hastened out of a back door, escaping a taunting crowd that already was celebrating their conviction."

Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow.

Watch a CBS News report on the conviction, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Madonna: If there ever was a time for you show your gratitude for the gay support you have enjoyed for many years it would be now. Please speak out and condemn this atrocity or at the very least request leniency from the courts.

    Posted by: niles | May 19, 2010 8:06:23 PM

  2. "that the ruling or the court proceeding as of today, reflects our tradition in Malawi"

    A tradition we learned from our colonial masters.

    "He referred to the crime as 'buggery,' using language from when Malawi was a British colony and the current law was written."

    Because there was neither a tradition nor a law against homosexuality until we learned it from our masters.

    This is so fucked up!

    Next they'll be thanking evangelical Christians from America from teaching them what their traditions are.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 19, 2010 8:37:15 PM

  3. FYI

    Organization of American States - Draft resolution Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity and Expression (Presented by the delegation of Brazil and cosponsored by Bolivia) CP/CAJP-2839/10 rev. 3:

    Posted by: A | May 19, 2010 9:22:07 PM

  4. Does anyone have connections with mercenaries that could go in and rescue these guys? I will gladly donate to that.

    Posted by: J | May 19, 2010 9:23:15 PM

  5. .........this just wants to make me open my wallet for "poor, starving, downtrodden, colonially oppressed, bigoted, bloodthirsty, xenophobic bastards"of that country. And this goes for pretty well the whole of Africa. I've lived there most of my life and this is just the tip of the iceberg!!!
    Remember that even when it comes to slavery it was the African chiefs that sold their own people to the Arab and Western slavers for their own greed.......nice people hey?

    Posted by: DavidW | May 19, 2010 9:39:17 PM

  6. There should be MASSIVE protests at their various embassies in and at the UN/NYC, just like there should have been when Iran hanged those gay teenagers. They still do it. Don't hold your breath. ANYTHING negative that involves black on black scares the bejeesus out of white liberals. They're petrified of being called racist. To bad these guys weren't sophisticated enough to apply for and get asylum in a western country. Certainly they qualify.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 19, 2010 9:45:59 PM

  7. That homosexuals exist in such a hostile environment surely is proof that genetics is the dominant cause.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 19, 2010 9:49:11 PM

  8. Very good John....
    The only problem with the protests is that they are so busy spending their money on this sort of crap that they don't have any left to run an embassy. I suppose the only place you could find them is at the backdoor free hand out line up or maybe the luxury car mart in some duty free tax haven.
    Or maybe the World doesn't care because they don't have oil down there.

    Posted by: DavidW | May 19, 2010 9:54:01 PM

  9. Madonna come to our rescue??? Puh-lease, the menstruating cow hasn't come to our rescue in ages. She appears to be more interested in making nice with Malawi, a country that has been good to her vis a vis the adopted kids.

    She's got her mansions now, courtesy of us gullible gays. Why should she be overly worried about some poor, persecuted gay guys in Malawi? Her own empire is probably the most important thing to her right now.

    I'm not saying she's not concerned at all but she is more likely to eat her menses than make the judge change his mind.

    Posted by: jason | May 19, 2010 10:46:04 PM

  10. And where, oh where, is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Why aren't they criticizing Malawi? Oh, I forgot, blacks don't criticize other blacks. How silly of me....

    Posted by: jason | May 19, 2010 10:51:15 PM

  11. Jason your last comment exactly describes the black brotherhood of thieves and corrupt Idi Amins......just look South to what's happening in Zimbabwe. See how the Prop 8 voting went in California...who voted that one in? The very people who Gay people fought for all these years. I am sorry if I sound racist but I'm so sick of being PC while these users keep quiet and hate us. Time to let them rot in their own mess.

    Posted by: DavidW | May 19, 2010 11:04:48 PM

  12. By “tradition of Malawi” he means “since the religious monotheistic venom was imposed to the natives cause I don’t like to know from before”.
    But what do you expect.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | May 19, 2010 11:24:44 PM

  13. And where is HIllary Clinton?

    This is HORRIBLE!!!

    And yes, I agree with those who mention Madonna. That woman doesn't do anything that benefits anyone else other than her. I detest what she has become, especially all the support she got and still get from gays.


    Posted by: FunMe | May 19, 2010 11:40:22 PM

  14. This is infuriating and deeply painful. I am SUPER pissed.

    Posted by: Uluwehi | May 19, 2010 11:48:47 PM

  15. "who voted that one in? The very people who Gay people fought for all these years. I am sorry if I sound racist but I'm so sick of being PC while these users keep quiet and hate us. "


    The answer to your question: Whites and Mormons (majority).

    I like how black people are all supposed to have one big collective opinion. Oh yeah, and just because black people are a minority, who historically have faced oppression and discrimination (and still do), means that black people should be know better and not discriminate ever? Right??

    And yeah, you are a racist.

    Posted by: mellotron | May 20, 2010 12:28:08 AM

  16. what good does it do if our organizations don't speak in our behalf?
    we are seeing so much bigotry not just in the USA but around the world.
    there is so much greed we forgot we were hungry once,

    Posted by: josepe | May 20, 2010 12:58:40 AM

  17. Again, I'd like to know why the NAACP isn't criticizing Malawi's position on homosexuality. This is a golden opportunity for the NAACP to express horror at how black gay brothers are being treated in this hole.

    Where is the NAACP? Where are black people in general? Their silence is deafening. It seems they're more interested in ho's.

    Posted by: jason | May 20, 2010 1:04:51 AM

  18. @mellotron: you're missing the point. most black leaders in America, whether religious or political, are against gay anything. sure, my black friends happen to be cool w/gay whatever, but it's Eric Holder and Donnie McClurkin and Barack Obama and Clarence Thomas and Michael Steele who get the press. you must admit, none of them are fans of gay equality. these are the anti-equality faces most of are presented with in the media today.

    Posted by: wbnyc | May 20, 2010 1:16:22 AM

  19. Jason since when you care about anything BLACK????

    You shrilly faggot shut the fuck up!
    And the only Hoe is your Mother!

    Posted by: Chris | May 20, 2010 1:19:11 AM

  20. Homophobia, it's the new (old) black-on-black crime. This way, you can be a servant to the white master (evangelicals), and still be the big swinging dick on your block. Why not, Barack does it, every preacher this side of bumfuck does it, no? It's easy pickins for the illegitimate power movers. Just ignore it, your gay identity is a product of Nazi thought anyway, you racist white queens.

    Posted by: SeriouslySick | May 20, 2010 2:58:53 AM

  21. There is a bi-partisan resolution (H.Res. 1335) pending in the U.S. House Foreign Affairs committee condemning this action (introduced by Tammy Baldwin and Mark Kirk). Call your Representative and get them to become a co-sponsor and ask for a VOTE on the House floor. The toll-free number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044. Call today!

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | May 20, 2010 7:05:33 AM

  22. Please join our facebook group to help put pressure on the US State Department to take more action against Malawi until these two men are freed.

    Posted by: Steve Houldsworth | May 20, 2010 2:53:15 PM

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