Malawi Gay Couple Pardoned Amid International Outrage
May 29, 2010
Malawi (ChattahBox) – The two men convicted of indecency and sentenced to 14 years of hard labor for being in a homosexual relationship have been pardoned, after International outrage pressed the country’s leaders for a release.
Human rights groups both in and out of the country were angered to hear of the conviction, and launched protests from all over the world.
After a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President Bingu wa Mutharika have pardoned Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
The two first came to the attention of authorities after conducting a traditional engagement ceremony, where they professed their love for one another before friends and family.
Newspapers reported on the ceremony, which led to the arrests.
Homosexuality is considered an illegal act in most nations within Africa, and intolerance is still fierce in the region.