Saturday, May 29, 2010

GOOD NEWS FOR STEVEN AND TIWONGE!


From the BBC:

A gay couple jailed in Malawi after getting engaged have been pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited his country, said he had ordered their immediate release.

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were given 14-year jail terms earlier this month after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.

The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.

Mr Ban hailed the president's decision as "courageous".

"This outdated penal code should be reformed wherever it may exist," he said.

The BBC's Karen Allen, in Lilongwe, says Mr Ban is trying to put pressure on parliamentarians to reform anti-homosexuality laws that date back to colonial times.

Thanks be to God! And it's about time to reform the laws that date back to colonial times.

Thanks to Ann for the link.

6 comments:

Wade said...

About time there was some good news! Thanks Grandmère Mimi!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Wade, you're welcome.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

In fact a break through instead of the backlash plotted. The use of American Extreemists of Africa as testing ground and Pilot Project for Hate and Persecution is effectively over.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Pressure from outside Malawi made the release happen.

Cathy said...

Thanks be to God indeed.

It was also pressure from the rest of the world that has caused Uganda to waver on their proposed "gay bill".

Grandmère Mimi said...

“Let those who have a voice, speak out for the voiceless.”

Oscar Romero