Malawi to consider legalising same-sex marriages, Justice Minister tells UN  ‘study being conducted’

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Titus Mvalo on Tuesday presented Malawi’s human rights report to the United Nations’ 36 session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) taking place in Geneva, saying  although same-sex marriages are illegal in Malawi, the Malawi Human Rights Commission  (MHRC) is conducting a study on whether it could be legalised.

Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo presented Malawi  human 
rights report to UN

Mvalo said the study will move the country on whether to legalise same-sex marriages or not.

Human rights activists have been pushing for marriage equality and they want to drive a campaign  that Malawians speak up in favour of same-sex marriage.

Malawi criminalizes same-sex conduct, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people often face violence, threats and discrimination.

Nearly all Malawians think LGBT+ human rights should be protected, yet the same number could not accept a gay or lesbian family member, according to a first-of-its kind first country-wide survey of attitudes to sexual and gender nonconformity in Malawi, a southernAfrican country of nearly 19 million people.

The survey findings by the South Africa-based LGBT+ rights group The Other Foundation was released last year.

Alan Msosa, lead researcher and an academic with the University of Bergen in Norway, said “80% believe that homosexual sex is wrong, but one in three believe God loves people in same-sex relationships.”

In his report to UN,  Justice Minister Mvalo said  the country managed to enact laws regarding marriage, enacted the Access to Information Law and Marriage Relations and Divorce Act.

On Gender Based Violence, Mvalo said government is putting in place necessary measures to reduce the vice and has partnered Non-Governmental Organisations in various campaigns aimed at sensitising Malawians on the evils of Gender Based Violence.

The minister promised justice on Nsundwe women who were allegedly raped by the police during the political revolution which kicked out the  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.

He said the Tonse alliance led government is committed to ensuring that justice prevails in the Nsundwe women abuse case.

Mvalo said although the 2019 tripartite election was marred by irregularities, the Malawi Defence Force stood with Malawians.

“We have learnt that democracy can be hijacked,” he said.

Malawi was recently elected as member of UN Human Rights Commission.

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Jah
Jah
5 months ago

Why is this govt obsessed with stupid legislation???

NEW MALAWI`
NEW MALAWI`
5 months ago

why waste our energy and time on foolish things

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
5 months ago

These people are in our country already and they do have organisation supporting them organisation like NYASA RAINBOW . Rise up Malawi let’s we not tolerate these creatures.

Zopusa ayi
Zopusa ayi
5 months ago

Mr president, please fire this minister. He is useless. You are a man of God and only fear God. No ways we want to see such happening in our motherland.

Concerned citizen
5 months ago

There bigger fish to fry. We have a nation to develop.

Stop wasting time.

iyamw
iyamw
5 months ago

we need to right our priorities, as a Country, 99% of the population don’t even want to discuss of hear anything about same sex marriages, and this is for obvious reasons. If we are poor and suffering, let us be, the last thing that we want is to discuss irrelevant, useless, stupid and devlish policies. Please spare us the anger and wrath of God, and please respect our culture and beliefs an a Nation. If the west does not believe about the word of God, then let them be, but, spare us the stupidity of their thinking, God bless and… Read more »

Mufalisi
Mufalisi
5 months ago

as far as I know Mvalo, he is just politicking here. What else could he have convinced the stupid mzungu. U can’t insert ur shaft on something else other than the sweet lady’s punna eeeeee

Malawi My home
Malawi My home
5 months ago

This is useless
Try and see how lawlessness Malawi will be, ma demo muzaziwanso.
Trash imeneyo ku Geneva konko 😠

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
5 months ago

Zanyansi, zauchitsilu ku Malawi ayi. Bring it down referendum and see the results. To hell.

Judge-Better mus-cum
Judge-Better mus-cum
5 months ago

chonde zakumatako zanuzo kuno ayi…and by the way God does not love these people. the Bible prescribes death as punishment for these nasty creatures.

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