Friday, January 8, 2010

Write to the Malawi Ambassador in Your Country

Write to the Malawi Ambassador in Your Country

Hi All, Here is a draft letter that you can send to the Malawian Ambassador inyour country. You could also ask your national parliament and European parliamentrepresentative to write a letter of protest to the Malawian Ambassadorand to the President of Malawi. Thanks and best wishes,


Dear Ambassador of Malawi, As you may know, the situation is urgent Malawi where two men, StevenMonjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, have been arrested and are in prisonon charges of homosexuality after they held a same-sex engagement ceremony(which is not illegal under Malawaian law). They face 14 years jail. The human rights defenders from the ngo CEDEP who supported them andfound them lawyers have been arrested too - though they have since beenbailed. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga are due to stand trial nextFriday, 15 January. Can you please urge the urge the Government of Malawi to: 1. Ensure that the two jailed Malawian men, Steven Monjeza and TiwongeChimbalanga, are not ill-treated while in prison, that they areswiftly released on bail and that all charges against them aredropped. 2. Decriminalise homosexuality in accordance with the equality andnon-discrimination clause 20 of the Malawian constitution and theAfrican Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. 3. Cease police harassment and legal proceedings against HIV educatorsand human rights defenders from the Centre for the Development ofPeople (CEDEP); three of whose workers have recently been arrestedfollowing their public defence of Steven Monjeza and TiwongeChimbalanga and their HIV education work with lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender people. Signed ENDS

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