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Malawi Gay Rights Advocate Arrested

Jim Burroway

February 2nd, 2010

Malawi’s Nyasa Times reports that police in Blantyre, the country’s commercial and judicial capital, have arrested Peter Sawali, 21, who was hanging gay rights posters in the city. He was charged with “conduct likely to cause breach of peace,” according to a police spokesman.

Malawi’s treatment of its LGBT citizens have come under international scrutiny following the December 28 arrest of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chumbalanga under Malawi’s anti-homosexuality law. The couple have been denied bail by Malawi’s High Court. They are currently on trial, facing a possibility of ten years’ imprisonment.

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