We condemn in the strongest terms the 14 years of hard labour sentence handed down by a court in Blantyre to Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga for committing so-called “unnatural acts”.  Steven and Tiwonge were arrested in December 2009 after celebrating their engagement and have been in jail ever since.

The two were convicted two days ago and yesterday, a number of activists from SECTION27 incorporating the AIDS Law Project, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and OUT gathered outside the Malawian High Commission in Pretoria and handed over a memomorandum. Today, a group of civil society organisations protested outside the Cape Town Home Affairs on Barrack Street from noon.

Letter to Malawian High Commissioner

Emergency protest against the victimisation of gay people in Malawi

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga Judgment

Memo for Cape Town protest at home affairs

You can join our calls to free these two men by signing the online petition below:

Malawian justice system violates human rights petition

For a picture gallery of the protest, please click here: