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  1. This is a disgraceful, inhumane act by a government acting on so-called Christians from the far Religious right, which is inspired by US Fundamentalist Evangelicals. That this group weilds so much power inside and outside of the African continent is shocking. And that this power is also used throughout the whole of the Anglican communion is unbelievable. Wake up Rowan! What is the Anglican church doing about it? Dowe anyone have an answer?
    (no insults please, even though you may be as outraged as I am.)

  2. What a absolute atrocity! wicked, wicked, wicked uneducated pieces of sh!t they are. I feel violent inside – its like punishing them again and again and again. What possible reason could they furnish? they already serve a jail sentence, they’ve already been seperated AND humiliated, why this cruelness to stip them of their last shred of dignity? The poor Steven ten to one will be raped and abused and used as a sex object in that prison. Im so deeply saddened by this its difficult to control one’s emotions. Today I cry for steven and Tiwonge. Be strong fellas we are with you in thought all the time.

  3. Some questions:

    1. When is Malawi to be expelled from the Commonwealth?
    2. Has the British government confirmed that all British aid payments to Malawi have ceased (except to NGO’s which have a commitment to basic human rights)
    3. Are there trade sanctions in place against Malawi yet?
    4. Has the British ambassador to Malawi been summoned back to Britain yet and has the Malawian ambassador to Malawi been expelled from Britain?

    Britain needs to sever all contact with the savage, primitive, ignorant, violent, hateful, ignorant homophobic government and authorities of Malawi.

    The ONLY aid that needs to be sent to that excuse of a country is aid which entirely bypasses the murderous government.

  4. Peter & Michael 26 May 2010, 1:00pm

    This is scandalous, our Government should impose restrictions of further aid to Malawi and other homophobic african countries whom choose to put to death, and criminalise Lesbian,Gay Bi-sexual, Trannsexual and Transgendered people.

  5. davevauxhall 26 May 2010, 1:27pm

    Horrific and Cruel.

  6. Add insult to injury why don’t they! These guys are going through hell just because they love one another; there are a lot of evil wicked people in the world who just want to cause pain!!!

  7. Some blame outside, extra-continental influences, like churches or colonial oppression, for the intolerance of many African countries. But to do so is simply another way of insulting the people of Africa, of saying they cannot think for themselves and blindly follow where others have led. The truth is far more sinister. Tolerance, like democracy, is alien to Africa. They were reactions to centuries of apartheid and colonialism but as those forms of oppression recede into history, Africa’s own brands of intolerance and totalitarianism take firmer hold. What’s happened in Malawi is appalling but it is a historical inevitability that it’s going to get worse. And I say this with deep sadness because I am an African.

  8. Sister Mary Clarance 26 May 2010, 3:51pm

    “But to do so is simply another way of insulting the people of Africa”

    “Tolerance, like democracy, is alien to Africa”

    “Africa’s own brands of intolerance and totalitarianism take firmer hold”

    Sure Jonathon, because your take on things is far less insulting.

    If you actually tread a lot of the comments being posted in Malawi newspapers about the treatment of the couple, there is heavy criticism of the double standards by the church and the heavy handed sentences

  9. Emmarainbow 26 May 2010, 3:52pm

    This makes me beyond sad >.< I would however like to stress again to PinkNews, that Tiwonge is a trans woman, and it's despicable how they are continuing to silence her voice, as the rest of the Western media hass.

  10. @Martin.M. Well said,matey,but I think you can imagine what the answers to your questions will be,a resounding NO!And,sadly,corrupt governments rarely,if ever,allow any kind of aid to escape it’s pockets.Calls for total or partial sanctions are rarely effective in the long-term,again because corrupt governments don’t care about the suffering of it’s citizens!My heart absolutely aches for these two poor young men!

  11. Jean-Paul Bentham 26 May 2010, 4:35pm

    Your heart aches Paul? Think of their aching holes all a few years in clink. Aching but grateful. Its enough to make one chick a stone at the Kings Cross and get a few months in Pentonville for the promise of all that illicit sex on tap. Young lads with hoody zip things, a knife in one hand, their pubescent throbbing cocks stiff as pokers in the other threatening to slit you a new mouth unless you gobble them. Pity? I don’t feel pity for these two prisoners, they’ll be having a fine time o’ it.

  12. “Christian bigots in Africa are glorying in the persecution of gay people”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/25/gay-rights-africa-malawi

  13. I accessed Peter Tatchell’s facebook page and he writes the following:
    Big thanks to everyone who has shown their concern and anger at the outrageous 14-year jail term handed down to Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi.

    Here are three ways you can help:

    FIRST

    Send a letter or postcard of support to Steven and Tiwonge. In this difficult time, they need to know that people around the world love and support them. Get all your friends to do the same. Write to:

    Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, Prisoners, Chichiri Prison,
    P.O.Box 30117, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, Malawi

    SECOND

    Write a letter to your elected political representative. Urge him or her to write a letter of protest to Malawian President and to the Malawian Ambassador in your country.

    If you live in the UK:
    Email your MP and all your MEPs via this website: http://www.writetothem.com

    Ask your MP and MEPs to protest to the Malawian President and to the Malawi High Commission in London.

    Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 564, which protests against the prosecution of Tiwonge and Steven. See here:
    http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=40143&SESSION=903

    THIRD

    Make a donation by post or BACS electronic transfer to the Malawi Defence Campaign, organised the UK-based LGBT organisation OutRage!
    OutRage! will use all money donated to support Tiwonge and Steven with food parcels, medicine, clothes, blankets etc. and to help fund the campaign for their release.

    By BACS electronic transfer:
    Account name: OutRage
    Bank: Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank, Bootle, Merseyside, GIR
    0AA, England, UK
    Account number: 77809302
    Sort code: 72-00-01
    For electronic transfers from overseas (outside the UK), please
    ADDITIONALLY quote these codes:
    BIC: ALEIGB22
    IBAN: GB65ALE1720001778093 02″

    Peter makes it far easier to know what to do.

    Best regards

    Helen

  14. As I see it, there simply was no crime in the first place. Where is the victim?

    The penal code in Malawi has never been updated or reformed to reflect the freedoms granted in the Malawian Constitution. That means that this arrest, this trial and this incarceration are unconstitutional.

    Helen @14 has the right idea.

    Peter Tatchell did issued a plea for action in support of them:

    Send a letter or postcard of support to Steven and Tiwonge. In this difficult time, they need to know that people around the world love and support them. Get all your friends to do the same. Write to:

    Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, Prisoners, Chichiri Prison, P.O.Box 30117, Blantyre 3, Malawi

    (Now that they’ve been separated, I will be sending each one a card every couple of days. I have also written to my MP here in Canada, and I intend to continue writing to him, although I am very proud of our Prime Minister for denouncing this injustice from day one.)

    Make a donation by post or BACS electronic transfer to OutRage!’s Malawi Defence Campaign. OutRage! will use all money donated to support Tiwonge and Steven with food parcels, medicine, clothes, blankets etc. and to help fund the campaign for their release.

    By BACS electronic transfer:
    Account name: OutRage!
    Bank: Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank, Bootle, Merseyside, GIR 0AA, England, UK
    Account number: 77809302
    Sort code: 72-00-01

    For electronic transfers from overseas (outside the UK), please
    ADDITIONALLY quote this code:
    IBAN: GB65ALEI72000177809302

    By cheque:
    Write a cheque payable to “OutRage!” and send to OutRage!, PO Box 17816, London SW14 8WT. Enclose a note giving your name and address and stating that your donation is for the Malawi Defence campaign

    (I did have difficulty donating to Outrage in this way, so I donated to ILGHRC instead…using Paypal.)

  15. Now that Steven and Tiwonge have been separated, I’ll be sending each of them a card by snail mail.

    Also, I have written to my MP here in Canada, and I’m very proud of the fact that our Prime Minister, who is not known to be too, too friendly to gay issues, has denounced Malawi from day one on this issue.

    I had difficulty making a donation as Peter suggested, so I made a donation to ILGHRC using PayPal.

  16. ex-prisoner 26 May 2010, 6:12pm

    I dont think anyone actually graspes the real situation here at all.
    If these two people, one male and one transgendered are of the sex they claim to be then it is only RIGHT that they are kept in seperate prisons as is the norn in any country even here in the UK.

    If on the other hand these two people are GAY men, then it is policy again in most prisons to seperate one from the other and yes this does happen as i know first hand and the prison authorities operate a policy where they cannot be seen to condone such behaviour and this is also true in prisons that gay couples are kept apart for fear of reprisals from other prisoners.
    A lot has been mentioned here that one of the parties is a transwomen. If this is the case then the man should be kept in the male prison and the woman kept in the female prison….end off.
    This goverment dont care about the rights of our own LGBT people and they are dammed if they are going to give the toss about others in other countries and that included Malawi.

    Prisons are such places for people who commit crimes wether held on remand or serving a sentence and are treated as humanly as possible. Thats why we have male and female prisons just like all the other contries.
    So…for all you do-gooders who think that they are going to be able to help these people, think again, you are wasting your breath as well as your money, do you honestly think your money will help them? I think not.

  17. Sister Mary Clarance 26 May 2010, 7:18pm

    Another thing to consider is that by separating them the authorities might be hoping to keep the risk of HIV infections down amongst the prisoners who will be incarcerated with them, though more than likely this will have the opposite effect, the authorities are doubling the risk.

  18. Jean-Paul Bentham @10 & 12:

    You are using a name I discarded two weeks ago, but you all not fooling anyone. Your style (or lack of it), your vocabulary, your attitudes are nowhere similar to mine.

    I have reported each of your comments to the editor, and will continue doing so.

    Go ahead and knock yourself out. Have fun at me expense while it lasts.

    Grande folle.

  19. At last we hear from the people of Malawi, from those who support the human rights guaranteed in the Malawi Constitution.

    http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2010/05/video-malawians-speak-out-against.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SaveMehdiKazemi+%28LGBT+asylum+news%29

    The people of Malawi are not complete idiots; they recognize an injustice when they see one…and they have seen a lot.

    We have not heard the last of this. I do worry About Steven and Tiwonge, but even the prisoners with whom they will share cramped jail cells know very well that they are innocent.

  20. Perhaps a look inside a Malawi jail will help us to understand how much of an outrage a 14-year sentence of hard labour could be for two innocent Malawian citizens:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/international/africa/06prisons.html?_r=1

  21. Malawi will be present in Canada soon for the G-20 meeting. as it turns out, a British diplomat would have more clout speaking to Malawi’s representative about Steven & Tiwonge because Canada has not been giving aid to Malawi this year.

    http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Harperaposs_Malawi_G20_meeting_is_a_aposminimumapos_say_opposition_MPs-8699.aspx

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