Malawi Law Targets LGBTI People

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We re-publish here today’s news release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) expressing serious concerns over a discriminatory Malawi law targeting LGBTI people.  Half of Malawi’s population of about 15 million live below the poverty line.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika (Photo courtesy of WIkimedia Commons) Malawi President Peter Mutharika (Photo courtesy of WIkimedia Commons)

(New York)—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi’s President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law creates new forms of legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.  While the law raises the minimum marriage age to 18—a positive move to combat child marriage—it also promotes a policy of exclusion against LGBTI Malawians that would likely translate into discrimination in education, housing, jobs and elsewhere.

IGLHRC is urging the Malawi government to strip the Marriage, Divorce…

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