December 13th, 2011
Malawi’s Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga is now backing away from last week’s report that Malawi was reviewing a number of laws infringing on basic human rights, including that nation’s colonial-holdover law criminalizing homosexuality. According to Voice of America:
“I wouldn’t say backing away is the right word. There are a number of other laws that have also received public comments, and what the government is doing is, we are taking the opportunity to look at all those laws, and we are referring those laws and provisions to the Malawi Law Commission. We are hoping that, as a way forward, we can have specific recommendations,” he said.
Other laws include one which prevents citizens from obtaining injunctions against the government, another one which allows President Bingu we Mutharikato call snap elections for local governments, and another which allows the government to shut down newspapers. Mutharika’s increasingly autocratic tendencies have earned the attention of foreign donor nations. Earlier this year, a Wikileaks cable revealed that the British ambassador warned his London superiors that Malawi’s President was becoming increasingly autocratic and intolerant of criticism. Mutharika responded by proving the ambassador’s point and expelled him. Britain then began cutting aid to Malawi as a result in July 2011.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s Daily Times reports that President Mutharika has condemned what he calls “cultural impositions” at a forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Doha, Qatar:
Said Mutharika: “There should not be any nation on this earth that looks down or marginalises the cultures of other countries including their traditions.
“No culture should be called primitive because primitiveness is the state of mind. Civilizations serve a people for a particular time and they cannot be primitive as long as they are useful to those people.”
Laws criminalizing gay people are typically defended with appeals to African traditions and arguments that homosexuality is a Western import.
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
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