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Gay Malawi defendant ‘ill in prison’

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  1. garibaldi's 19 Apr 2010, 2:10pm

    Ummm, conditions in the cell are probably “appalling” for everyone Mr Tatchell, why expect special treatment for one prisoner who happens to be gay over another prisoner who happens to be straight? And before I’m slammed down for homophobia the prisoner in question is BREAKING the laws of his land, no matter how archaic, ridiculous and backward those laws may be, he wasn’t just turfed in there for a laugh.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 19 Apr 2010, 2:24pm

    “Their supports and lawyers argue their arrest and detention is unconstitutional.”

    And these two men are being deprived bail for their own good!!

    This is infuriating. Steven and Tiwonge are not criminals.

    In a civilized society, any prisoner who is visibly sick needs and receives medical attention.

    Malawi is in contempt of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; this is a hate crime.

  3. “And before I’m slammed down for homophobia the prisoner in question is BREAKING the laws of his land …”

    Please cite the Malawian law which states that a man must not marry another man.

  4. garibaldi's 19 Apr 2010, 4:28pm

    “The pair could face up to 14 years in jail, in line with the country’s strict laws on homosexuality”….durrr….dave…..or are two men who marry each other not homosexual?

  5. “Ummm, conditions in the cell are probably “appalling” for everyone Mr Tatchell, why expect special treatment for one prisoner who happens to be gay ”

    Well perhaps because unlike other prisoners this prisoner has been in jail for 4 months but has not been charged with a crime.

  6. Peter Tatchell 19 Apr 2010, 6:55pm

    Please don’t judge me by the short report on Pink News. See my full statement about Steven Monjeza here:

    http://www.petertatchell.net/international/malawi-prisoner-steven-monjeza-is-very-ill.html

  7. Peter Tatchell 19 Apr 2010, 6:58pm

    Contrary to what is being suggested by Garadbaldi, my press statement did criticise the conditions of ALL prisoners, not just Steven Monjeza. My news release stated:

    “Chichiri prison was built for 800 prisoners. It currently holds nearly 1,900 inmates.

    “All the prisoners are suffering in the jail’s overcrowded, sub-standard conditions. Sickness is rife, with high rates of disease and infection. The prison needs reform and upgrading for the sake of all detainees.”

  8. “Unusually, they have been denied bail. Authorities have said this is for their own safety.”

    Yes, the same way slavery in the Americas and the European neocolonism was for the black people’s own good.

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