1st June 2010
Madonna celebrates release of gay Malawi couple 9
4:37 PM — Madonna has thanked her fans for supporting her call for Malawi to release a couple jailed for homosexuality offences. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were pardoned by Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week after being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour.
29th May 2010
President of Malawi frees and pardons gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour 29
5:24 PM — The president of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika has pardoned the gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour for conducting an illegal wedding in the country. The move was announced during a visit to the country by the secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
27th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists released on bail 5
6:00 PM — A court in Harare, Zimbabwe, has today released on bail the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation who were arrested last Friday. Their trial is set for 10 June.
Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13
1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Sir Elton’s Moroccan concert a success 4
12:03 PM — Elton John's performance at the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, went ahead last night despite fury from Islamists about his welcome into the kingdom.
26th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay activists due in court today 6
1:51 PM — The two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) human rights group who were arrested last Friday in the country's capital, Harare, are expected to appear in court this afternoon after five nights in custody.
Malawi couple separated by authorities 23
11:04 AM — Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple sentenced last week to 14 years in prison with hard labour, have been separated by the authorities.
24th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6
6:39 PM — Ellen Chademana (34) and Ignatius Muhambi (38), the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation (GALZ) who were arrested at their Harare offices last Friday, will not be released today according to their attorney, David Hofisi.
Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14
5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.
Gay rights dismissed from Zimbabwe’s new Constitution 13
4:46 PM — Zimbabwe's Constitution Select Committee (Copac) has stated that gay rights will not be included in the new constitution and that they will not enter into debate or discussion over the issue.
Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple 12
2:39 PM — Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, has condemned the jailing of a Malawian gay couple as "unjust".
Zimbabwean gay activists arrested 3
2:07 PM — Two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation were arrested last Friday in Harare, the country's capital.
21st May 2010
First gay magazine launched in Morocco 12
4:57 PM — The first gay magazine has been launched in Morocco, despite the fact homosexuality is illegal in the country. The Arabic publication, titled Mithly, has sold around 200 copies so far, having been distributed informally. It is also available to read online.
Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12
3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.
Madonna condemns Malawi for jailing gay men 23
11:41 AM — Madonna has said she is "shocked" at Malawi for sentencing a gay couple to 14 years in jail. The singer, who is the adoptive mother of two Malawian children and possibly the country's most famous benefactor, called on the country to challenge the court's decision.
20th May 2010
Exclusive: International development minister Alan Duncan promises ‘urgent representations’ to Malawi 136
5:05 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan has warned against cutting aid money to Malawi but says the government will make "urgent representations" to the county over the 14-year jail term handed to two gay men.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Malawi gay couple receive maximum 14-year sentence 34
9:52 AM — A gay couple convicted of having homosexual sex in Malawi have received the maximum 14-year jail sentence. Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were told by a judge they would also serve hard labour as a warning to other gay people in the country.
19th May 2010
Lawyers for gay Malawi couple ask for non-custodial sentences 5
5:13 PM — Lawyers for the gay Malawian couple found guilty of homosexual sex have asked for the pair to receive non-custodial sentences. Stephen Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency yesterday.
18th May 2010
Malawi gay couple found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency 47
11:00 AM — The gay Malawian couple arrested in December have been found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the verdict today, Associated Press reports.