Civil Society Stand United Against Hate Speech In Malawi
22 January 2016. By Iranti, Blantyre
The decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions of Malawi to issue a discontinuance against the matter in which Msonda was charged for his Kill the Gays statement was of great concern to key leaders of civil society.
Welcome to the warm heart of Africa billboard with the face of honourable Peter Mutharika, president of Malawi. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Civil society leaders from the religious sector, youth and human rights sector met in Blantyre to collective decide that a judicial review is required to decided on the Director of Public Prosecutions decision. There remains a collective action by civil society to stop all forms of hate speech towards all vulnerable groups such as women, youth and the LGBTI community of Malawi.
Neighbourhood of Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city.
Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Organisations such as MANARELA, the Pentecostal Revive Church, YOCRIS, CEDEP and CHRR agreed to continue working on the Msonda case as a collective. Iranti agreed to support the advocacy initiative, by documenting and reporting on the LGBTI human rights situation in Malawi.
Left to right: Gift Trapence with Dunker Kamba from Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP). Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Left to right; Gift Trapence Director at CEDEP together with Timothy Mtambo Director at CHRR. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Bishop Joshua Jere, speaking against Kill The Gays Statement. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Bright Kampaunai, Youth and Children Rights Shield (YOCRIS). Photo by: Ayanda Msiza
Left to right: MacDonald Sembereka, Bright Kampaunai, Gift Trapence, Jabulani Pereira, Timothy Mtambo and Bishop Johua Jere. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza