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Update from Monday's I.D.A.H.O. Protest:

Malawi Gay Couple Sentenced to 14 Years Prison

GLN permalink 5-21-2010

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga

Yesterday we learned that a gay couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga (20) and Steven Monjeza (26) of Malawi, Africa, were sentenced to 14 years hard labor in one of the world's poorest countries. The punishment, if enacted, could well be a death sentence.

Chimbalanga and Monjeza engaged each other to be married, only to find themselves arrested for "unnatural acts" and "public indecency," convicted and given the maximum possible sentence. As the British human rights activist Peter Tatchell has noted, the law under which they were convicted was one imposed on the country by the British colonial administration. For an Associated Press story on the sentencing of Chimbalanga and Monjeza, go to tinyurl.com/ProtestForMalawiGays

Here is what you can do to help Chimbalanga and Monjeza:

1) Send a letter or postcard of support to Steven and Tiwonge. In this difficult time, they need to know that people around the world love and support them. Get all your friends to do the same. Write to:

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, Prisoners
Chichiri Prison
P.O.Box 30117
Blantyre 3, Malawi

2) Make a donation to the Malawi Defence Campaign of the British LGBT rights group "OutRage!". OutRage! will use all money donated to support Tiwonge and Steven with food parcels, medicine, clothes, blankets etc. and to help fund the campaign for their release. Write a cheque payable to "OutRage!" and send to OutRage!, PO Box 17816, London SW14 8WT. Enclose a note giving your name and address and stating that your donation is for the Malawi Defence campaign.


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