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Malawi Solicitor General Says Country Has Suspended Anti-Gay Laws

Janet Chikaya-Banda

At a meeting with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva last week, Malawi’s Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General Janet Chikaya-Banda said that the southeast African nation has suspended arresting people for homosexuality until its anti-gay laws are reviewed.

MalawiBack in 2012, it was first reported that Malawi was suspending its anti-gay penal codes and ordering police not to arrest gays. However, the country’s Justice Minister quickly backed away from claims that he was reversing any anti-gay laws, leading to doubts as to whether gays in the country were safe from legal prosecution.

Nyasa Times adds that Banda told the committee the review of the anti-gay laws was stalled due to lack of financial resources but that there was political will to deal with the matter. 

Malawi, like most other African countries, has harsh laws on the books that criminalize consensual homosexual acts. Individuals convicted under Malawi’s anti-gay laws can be punished with up to 14 years imprisonment with hard labor.

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  1. Viva La Malawi!

    Posted by: bernard | Jul 15, 2014 7:09:53 PM

  2. I'll believe it when I see it. Same goes for Jamaica. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said she would review that country's laws when she was first appointed, but have things improved there?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 15, 2014 7:23:23 PM

  3. This is NOT necessarily good news to my eyes. Given the way this anti-gay crusade is going, suspending the laws for review does NOT suggest reviewing and repealing anti-gay laws... It probably means reviewing and EXPANDING its anti-gay laws.

    This from my perspective is just the eye of the storm for LGBTs in Malawi. A momentary calm before even more destructive storm.

    Anti-gay Malawi Christians who call themselves scientists will come forward and address leaders, telling them that Jesus scientifically revealed to them that gays are demon-possessed and after-the-children! Then leaders will praise the Christian 'scientists' and declare the need for a final solution against the 'forces of evil' like Russia and Uganda and...

    Posted by: ThisEvening | Jul 15, 2014 7:49:44 PM

  4. I think this is a positive first step. I applaud Malawi's decency.

    Posted by: Allan | Jul 16, 2014 12:08:36 AM

  5. Good news if it is true.

    We only have this woman's word for it. She may well be lying.

    All aid and trade with that cesspit of a country needs to be stopped until we have undeniable evidence that the laws are dropped.

    We owe nothing to these failed beggar states.

    If they want to legalise murder then let them do it on their own.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 16, 2014 4:11:30 AM

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