Malawi Suspends Anti-Gay Laws

HRW commends Malawi’s decision to suspend enforcement of laws that criminalise same-sex conduct

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Malawian government’s decision to suspend enforcement of laws that criminalise consensual same-sex conduct is the right thing to do, and should serve as an inspiration to other countries that criminalise homosexuality.

“Malawi has taken a bold step forward, putting respect for its own constitutional guarantees of equality front and centre,” explains Tiseke Kasambala, Africa advocacy director at HRW.

Kasambala argues that no one should go to prison for consensual relations with someone of the same sex, adding that Malawi’s decision has given hope to thousands who risk prison sentences under such laws.

The comments come after the country’s justice minister, Ralph Kasambara, announced a moratorium on arrests on the basis of the country’s colonial-era sodomy laws.

To read the article titled, “Courageous move to suspend anti-gay laws,” click here.

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