Friday, February 05, 2010

Malawi man arrested for putting up gay rights posters

"A man has been arrested in Malawi for putting up posters championing gay rights in the latest sign of official intolerance towards homosexuality," reports the UK Guardian. "Police said Peter Sawali, 21, was found with stacks of expertly and expensively printed posters displaying such messages as "Gay rights are human rights". Police added that officers were searching for other Malawians whom they believed were working on a campaign with outside help."

"The debate over gay rights has intensified in Malawi after the first same-sex couple to attempt marriage were arrested last December and charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency, which could result in a 14-year jail sentence. A police spokesman, Dave Chingwalu, said the man arrested for putting up posters would be charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of peace, punishable with a fine of up to 5,000 kwacha (about £20) or up to three months in prison." READ MORE