United Nations to Challenge Malawi’s Anti-Gay Laws

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There may be hope for the LGBT community in Malawi—who have suffered from both cultural discrimination and institutional discrimination since the passage of legislation that criminalizes homosexuality—as the United Nations’ AIDS taskforce and human rights groups announced plans to legally challenge the law. “Our argument is that as long as same-sex relationships are consensual and done in private no one has business to get bothered,” Malawi Law Society spokeswoman Felicia Kilembe said. The hope is that the law will be ruled unconstitutional and sequentially overturn three men’s convictions in 2011 who are currently carrying out a 14-year sentence. Overturning the law has economic benefits for the country as well, since the law’s passage, it has hurt international relations between  President Joyce Banda and international donors who provide much-needed aid to the country. [Reuters]

 

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