Amnesty International has demanded for the immediate release of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana the two men of Kapiri accused of having sex “against the order of nature” under Section 155 of Zambia’s Penal Code.
Amnesty International Zambia Researcher Simeon Mwanza says the continued incarceration of the two men is an abuse of human rights and reflects badly on the country’s justice system to the international world.
Mr. Mwanza said his organization considers the continued incarceration of the duo who deny the accusations is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination hence the two should be released immediately.
He said the duo have already spent over a year in jail after their application for bail was denied in may last year something he said reflects badly on the country’s justice system.
Mr. Mwanza also said people should not be locked up on the basis of their sexual orientation as it is a clear breach of international law and justice.
“These men have already spent over a year in prison having been denied bail in a case where they are accused of something that should not be a crime. Locking up people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation is reprehensible and a clear breach of international law and justice”
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