Malawi state rights body asseses homosexuality laws

Officials from Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) say the government has directed them to assess same-sex marriage laws.

Dzonzi: To hold public inquiry

Chairperson of MHRC Justin Dzonzi said the government acted within the law to engage his organisation on the issue before parliament takes up the bills.

“We have actually began preparations for the inquiries on changing laws of same sex. The government made the request in November,” said Dzonzi.

He said the public  inquiries would include assessment on the rights of people who engage in same sex.

Same- sex which include gays and lesbians, is illegal in Malawi but there is a government order which prohibits the police from arresting same-sex people.

Homosexuality is generally unpopular in Malawi and most people are against it, with the church and Mosques leading the crusade against its practise.

However, there are minority voices led by some civil society who speak and work for homosexuals.

Dzonzi has not said when the exercise is expected to finish.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Government erred in blocking arrests of those breaking the law. The government has no jurisdiction in doing this; it has to follow its own laws. There is no two ways about it; arrest them or abolish the law and give this dirty practice it’s own freedom. No middle platform.

southern offender

Malawi does not recognise gay rights. Get a fuck with you gay rights. If government allows such kind of a mess we wanna kill them all believe me


MHRC please use evidence when making these laws and NOT Faith, these religious bigots need to know that their religions are a bunch of delusional garbage, and their biblical or Quran verses are not even worth to be written on soiled toilet tissue. Its high time Jesus and Muhammad need to know they are useless just like snow white or Hagar the horrible.

Mw Thinktank

Let’s be one of the world’s most progressive country, not because the West wants us to do that but because we as a people can develop on our own. We don’t need America or Europe leading the evolution of the world all the time, lets set our priorities right and focus on developing this country on the fast lane.

Peter Nkosi

The headline mentions “homosexuality laws” which is OK, but the opening sentence then irrelevantly and provocatively has “same-sex marriage laws”. Those are two very separate issues, that of same-sex marriage being far too controversial to be on anyone’s agenda for many years to come. Dealing with the homosexuality laws is something which we can look at immediately, and hopefully have repealed.

John K Black

Gay rights are human rights.

Alfred Minjo

Za manyi basi…what gay rights!!!!

More From Nyasatimes