Release of Monjeza and Chimbalanga welcome

Published: June 2, 2010

 Release of Monjeza and Chimbalanga welcome

TAC, SECTION27 and partners welcome the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga and call for sustained activism to protect the rights of LGBTIs

The Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, the Social Justice Coalition, Community Media Trust and the Coalition Against Discrimination welcome the release and pardon of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi. They were arrested in December 2009 after getting engaged and sentenced in May 2010 to 14 years imprisonment for ‘gross indecency and unnatural acts’. Steven is a man and Tiwonge identifies as a woman and is consequently transgendered.

The release of Steven and Tiwonge came us a result of brave local activism in Malawi as well as international outrage and political pressure. Their release is an indication of what can be achieved through coordinated global activism and solidarity to promote and protect human rights.

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