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Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga Separated

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Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple convicted of "gross indency" and "unnatural acts" for holding an engagement ceremony and sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor, have been dealt more grief:

"Evance Phiri told The Associated Press Wednesday that Tiwonge Chimbalanga is being held at a Blantyre prison, while his partner Steven Monjeza is at a prison some 50 miles (90 kilometers) away. Phiri says they were separated for their own safety, but did not elaborate. They were convicted last week and sentenced to the maximum 14 years at hard labor. Maxwell Manda told the AP his cousin, Chimbalanga is distraught because of the separation. Manda says Chimbalanga is being kept away from hardened criminals. He adds his cousin wants to leave Malawi once he is released."


Watch: Malawians Speak Out in Defense of of Gay Couple

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It's extremely heartening to see that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple imprisoned in Malawi and recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor, have defenders willing to openly speak out against the injustice and travesty of the conviction of these two young, innocent people.

The video also give us a look at the couple in court and the rowdy crowd outside it.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The sentence has been condemned by the UN: "Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said Monday that he would travel to Malawi this weekend where among other issues he will take up with President Bingu wa Mutharika is the 14-year jail sentence handed down to two homosexual men who held an engagement ceremony. Mr. Ban said the sentence violated human rights principles that ban both discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as the criminalization of sexual acts between consenting adults."

(via lgbt asylum news)

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Reactions to the conviction of gay Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor for "gross indecency" and "unnatural acts" for having an engagement ceremony in late December, came today from Madonna and the White House.

MalawiMadonna, who many have been calling on throughout this human rights travesty to make a statement, and who is building a school and has adopted two children from Malawi, said:

"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison.  As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.  Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.  I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi—and around the world—to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all."

And the White House released a statement through Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

"The United States strongly condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi. The criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity is unconscionable, and this case mars the human rights record of Malawi. We urge Malawi and all countries to stop using sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for arrest, detention, or execution."

(quotes via boy culture and the advocate)

ALSO: A petition has been launched calling for the couple's immediate release.


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