Malawian men facing trial for 'gross indecency' must be released

Published: March 22, 2010

Malawian men facing trial for ‘gross indecency’ must be released

Amnesty International calls on the Malawian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release two men, after a judge on Monday ruled that they will face trial in April on charges of “gross indecency”.

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been held in Chichiri prison in Blantyre, since being arrested by police on 28 December 2009, two days after holding an engagement ceremony in the southern city’s Chirimba township.  The men have repeatedly been denied bail.

“The trial of these men, purely on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation, is a gross violation of their rights to freedom of conscience, expression and privacy,” said Véronique Aubert, Deputy Africa Director at Amnesty International.

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