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Demand Malawi Repeal Anti-Homosexuality Laws

World  (tags: world, humanrights, ACTION, GAY RIGHTS, freedoms )

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By Eileen OLoughlin Target: Malawi Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara and President Joyce Banda Goal: Commend the suspension of anti-gay laws and support the formal repeal of these laws.

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Naoko i (264)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 3:27 am
Thank you for posting Rose, noted and signed.

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 4:51 am
Signed!!! Thanks Rose

Ben O (156)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 5:23 am

Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:23 am
Signed, thanks Rose.

penny C (83)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:24 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:26 am
Signed :)

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:41 pm
Signing now Cheers Rose

Nancy Black (308)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:18 pm
Noted, tweeted, signed, tweeted, shared. Need to build tolerance in our world. Why can't we mind our own business and realize "different strokes for different folks."

Pogle S (88)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:34 am

Judy C (97)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:43 am
Signed. Thanks, Rose.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 1:19 am
Earlier this year, Malawi President Joyce Banda promised to review and potentially repeal the anti-gay laws which are currently in place in Malawi, Africa. As in much of Africa, same-sex relationships in Malawi are illegal and can mean up to 14 years in prison for accused men and up to five years in prison for accused women. Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said in a statement reported by Amnesty International that these anti-gay laws have been put on suspension pending a formal review and possible vote to repeal them once and for all. Sign this petition to commend Malawi for this important step forward and support the vote to repeal the anti-gay laws in Malawi.

In Malawi, homosexuality has historically not just been condemned by the government, but in as recently as 2010, two men were arrested for having a same-sex relationship and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Their conviction was overturned following an international outcry on their behalf. In light of the outcry following this 2010 conviction, there is good reason to believe that the nation will vote to repeal the anti-gay laws and work to promote the rights of every man and woman in Malawi, regardless of sexual orientation. Additionally, the anti-gay laws have threatened relationships and trade agreements with nations such as Britain, whose foreign aid goes toward helping the poor.

Anti-gay laws and the violence against homosexuals that stems from these laws are violations of basic human rights. The right to privacy, the right to freedom from discrimination and persecution, and as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy stated in 2003, ‘Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct.’ Sign this petition and commend Malawi for taking strides towards righting this wrong and support the vote to formally repeal Malawi’s anti-gay laws, which deny men and women their basic human rights.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 1:50 am
Research being done on African history, research which is still ongoing, and which is being conducted often by Africans THEMSELVES, to correct the ERRORS promulgated by slanted histories written by European colonialists to excuse and explain their Imperialist conquests -
such research generally shows, that Homophobia was not really present in African historically, until the coming of the Christian missionaries and the colonialists.

This is generally true of indigenous cultures all over the globe - since Homosexuality is as old as the Human race - older, even, as it is found in primates and other animals! - cultures all over the globe, traditional cultures of indigenous peoples, have made accommodations with it. This was true of Pagan cultures, and, you may be surprised to know, even of Muslim cultures in Africa. {As far as research has shown so far.}
The FIRST anti-Gay laws in Africa, were passed by the European colonialists, spurred on by the Christian missionaries, of course.

Christian churches still have a great deal of influence in Africa - as they have a lot to do with the educational system there. Often churches of the same denominations, are much more conservative in Africa than the same church is in Europe.
So, before you go on about Africans being "backwards", remember that it was the EUROPEANS who introduced Homophobia - it is not because of the native peoples' "stupidity", but rather, that of the missionaries!!
Malawi is apparently going in a PROGRESSIVE direction, and getting away from its Colonial past by doing so.
This is in stark contrast to countries in Africa such as Uganda, which are going in the opposite direction, introducing NEW and WORSE laws stigmatizing Gays.
These laws are influenced by AMERICAN Evangelical churches who have made great efforts to FINANCE anti-Gay legislation in Africa. They do this thru other "Christian" churches in Uganda and thru politicians they get hold of and influence. {And finance!}

It is to be remembered that Africa is a huge Continent - not one single "country"!
While "there is good reason to believe that the nation will vote to repeal the anti-gay laws and work to promote the rights of every man and woman in Malawi, regardless of sexual orientation",
which is to be COMMENDED!
in other countries in Africa, such as Uganda and Nigeria, viciously anti-Gay bills are simultaneously being introduced. Just the opposite of what seems to be happening in Malawi!
Please search out and sign the Petitions regarding the Homophobic Bills in Nigeria and Uganda also!

Judith C (159)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:16 pm

Virginia Macy (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 9:28 am
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting this.

Irine L (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 5:54 pm
Signed. Africans really need to drop that whole Christianity nonsense thats been forced on them centuries ago. They believe in the same garbage thats been used to oppress them and use it to oppress others. By blaming gay people African leaders/clergy are successfully distracting common masses from the real problems at hand, such as corruption and budget abuse.
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