More press on Madonna's statement on Malawi jail for gays

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Plus de presse sur la déclaration de Madonna sur l'emprisonnement des gays au Malawi.


Madonna slams Malawi sentencing
Friday, May 21 2010, 22:56 BST
By Jennifer Still

Madonna has expressed anger over a Malawi court decision which sentenced two gay men to 14 years of hard labour.
In a statement on her official website, the singer slammed the charges of gross indecency against 20-year-old Tiwonge Chimbalanga and 26-year-old Steven Monjeza, who were engaged last year.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," the statement read.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.
"I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi - and around the world - to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all."
Source: Digital Spy.


Madonna condemns jailing of Malawi gays
Published Date: 22 May 2010
By angus howarth
Location: Edinburgh

POP superstar Madonna has condemned a Malawian court decision to jail a gay couple for 14 years and demanded it be challenged "in the name of human dignity".
The two men were handed the maximum sentence on Thursday, which included hard labour, under Malawi's anti-gay laws.
The case of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza has drawn international condemnation and ignited a human rights debate about the conservative southern African country.
The couple were arrested the day after their engagement party, and were jeered by a mob as they were driven to prison.
Madonna called upon the people of Malawi and around the world to challenge the ruling, which she described as a "giant step backward".
The singer said: "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion, or sexual orientation."
She said of the decision: "Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.
"I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi – and around the world – to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all."
Madonna has taken a keen interest in issues in Malawi and has two adopted children from the country.
The Scottish Government, which has a special relationship with Malawi set up by former First Minister Jack McConnell, has previously raised concern about anti-gay laws in the poverty-stricken country.
Source: The Scotsman.


Madonna rage over Malawi jail for gays
22/05/2010
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Madonna has condemned a Malawian court's decision to jail a gay couple for 14 years.
The men were given the maximum sentence, including hard labour, under the African country's anti-gay laws.
Madge said yesterday: "I am shocked and saddened by the decision.
"The world is filled with pain and suffering - therefore we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.
"I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi - and around the world - to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity."
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested after their engagement party and were jeered at by a mob as they were driven to prison.
Madonna has two adopted children from Malawi, David Banda, four, and five-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James.
Source: Mirror.


Madonna blasts sentence given gay couple
Published: May 22, 2010 at 11:13 AM

BLANTYRE, Malawi, May 22 (UPI) -- Pop star Madonna, who has adopted two children from Malawi, calls the 14-year sentence given a gay couple there "a giant step backward."
In a statement on her Web site Friday, Madonna blasted the judge.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," she said. "As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved."
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, received the maximum sentence for open homosexuality, 14 years hard labor, the New York Daily News reported. They came to the attention of authorities when they held an engagement party.
In addition to adopting two children from Malawi, Madonna has opened orphanages in the African nation.
Source: UPI.


Madonna condemns Malawi over jailing of gay couple
NewsCore May 23, 2010 3:04AM

POP superstar Madonna said yesterday she was "shocked" at the 14-year jail sentencing of a Malawian gay couple for sodomy, after they held the African country's first same-sex wedding.
Madonna, who has adopted two children from the poor nation and runs several charity projects in the region, said the imprisonment of Steven Monjeza, 26, and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga was a violation of basic human rights.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made this week by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," said Madonna in a statement on the website of her charity Raising Malawi.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation," said Madonna, who is building a $15 million academy for girls in Malawi.
"This week, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved."
She urged "progressive men and women of Malawi - and around the world - to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all."
Source: Herald Sun.


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Madonna condemns Malawi for jailing of gay couple
May 22, 2010
Pop superstar Madonna said Saturday she was "shocked" at the sentencing of a Malawian gay couple for 14 years for sodomy, after they had the African country's first same-sex wedding.
Madonna, who has adopted two children from the poor nation and runs several charity projects here, said the imprisonment of Steven Monjeza, 26, and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga was a violation of basic human rights.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made this week by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," said Madonna in a statement on the website of her charity Raising Malawi.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion, or sexual orientation," said Madonna, who is building a 15-million-dollar academy for girls in Malawi.
"This week, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved."
She urged "progressive men and women of Malawi -- and around the world -- to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all." - Sapa-AFP
Source: Tonight.


Madonna Blasts Sentence Given Gay Couple
Published on May 22, 2010
by NewsDesk - iWireNews
(iWireNews ™ and OfficialWire)
BLANTYRE, MALAWI

Pop star Madonna, who has adopted two children from Malawi, calls the 14-year sentence given a gay couple there "a giant step backward."
In a statement on her Web site Friday, Madonna blasted the judge.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," she said. "As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved."
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, received the maximum sentence for open homosexuality, 14 years hard labor, the New York Daily News reported. They came to the attention of authorities when they held an engagement party.
In addition to adopting two children from Malawi, Madonna has opened orphanages in the African nation.
Source: Official Wire.


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Madonna raps gay verdict
Posted on » Sunday, May 23, 2010

BLANTYRE: Pop superstar Madonna said yesterday she was "shocked" at the sentencing of a Malawian gay couple for 14 years for sodomy, after they held the African country's first same-sex wedding.
Madonna, who has adopted two children from the poor nation and runs several charity projects, said the imprisonment of Steven Monjeza, 26, and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga was a violation of basic human rights.
Source: Gulf Daily News.


Madonna Shocked At Prison Sentence For Gay Couple In Malawi
By Menho Donoghue
22/05/2010
Madonna says she is 'shocked and saddened' by the ruling that two gay men in Malawi have been sent to prison.
The 50-year-old, who has two adopted children from the country, spoke about the recent news that Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33, and Steven Monjeza, 25, have been sentenced to 14 years' hard labour in prison for unnatural acts and gross indecency.
Gay, lesbian and transgender people do not flout their sexuality in Malawi as it is seen as an abomination.
The male couple ended up in prison after throwing an engagement party, which was later on the front of a newspaper and they were arrested soon after without bail.
Madonna, who is the co-founder of charity Raising Malawi, told UsMagazine.com: "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion, or sexual orientation."
Source: Musicrooms.

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