Zambian LGBT rights at risk

Update: Gay men acquitted, read here

Read the following blog about the two gay men from Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia that have been in custody for over a year. The verdict is due next week and it will probably be an indicator of the direction on gay rights Zambia is taking. The question is, do we really want to follow in the footsteps of backward thinking Ugandan leaders? Would it not be the best for the country if we left hard working, honest citizens to be free and thereby contributing to society? Right now our economy is sliding and Government has bigger issues at hand. Gay’s never have been and never will be a danger or threat to society so it’s folly to lock them up!

76 CRIMES

Jailed in Zambia for a year on homosexuality charges, defendants James Mwape and Philip Mubiana await the end of their ongoing trial. Jailed in Zambia for a year on homosexuality charges, defendants James Mwape and Philip Mubiana await the end of their ongoing trial.

LGBT rights activists are looking forward apprehensively to the end of the trial of two young Zambian men who have been imprisoned for more than a year on homosexuality charges.

The outcome of the trial, scheduled to end May 30, not only will determine the future of defendants Philip Mubiana and James Mwape, it may also set a precedent that will affect LGBT people throughout Zambia.

Zambian law provides for prison sentences of 15 years to life for sexual intercourse “against the order of nature,” which is generally taken to mean same-sex intercourse.  Until last year, arrests related to that law had been rare.

Mubiana and Mwape of rural Kapiri Mposhi have been in custody since May 6, 2013.  They were arrested after family members reported them to…

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5 thoughts on “Zambian LGBT rights at risk

    1. Thanks for the link! Very good read. I live only 50 km from where these men have been kept. The local media have tried to put a lid on this story so I’ve been following 76crimes.com for updates. Let me update this post with a link to the article about their acquittal. Indeed their lives will never be the same. Will they even be able to remain in Zambia safely I wonder.

    1. It was postponed and I haven’t heard anything since. Trying to google it this morning without much luck and I guess the guys are still behind bars!

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