The press on Madonna's statement against Malawi gay couple’s sentence

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La presse sur la déclaration de Madonna contre la sentence du couple gay du Malawi.


Madonna Calls for Two Jailed Gay Malawians' Release
May 21, 2010 09:47:26 GMT

The gay icon singer has called on Malawians to challenge the Malawian court for putting two men in prison because they are homosexual, stating that 'today, Malawi took a giant step backward.'
Madonna is urging the citizens of Malawi to back an appeal to free two jailed gay men, branding their incarceration "backward". On Thursday, May 20, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years in prison, including hard labor, because they are homosexual.
Gay icon Madonna, who adopted two of her children, David and Mercy, from the country, is fuming over the court's decision to imprison the men, and is calling for their release. In a statement to Access Hollywood, she says, "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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."
"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: Ace Showbiz.


Madonna: Release the Malawian Men Jailed for Being Gay!
By KC Baker | Friday, May 21, 2010 3:04 PM ET
The iconic singer is asking the world to come forward to demand the release of two men who were sentenced to 14 years in prison because they are a gay couple.
Madonna has a special place in her heart for the people of Malawi. She adopted two of her children — David and Mercy — from the impoverished African nation, is building an all-girls school there and has donated millions to help its citizens through her Raising Malawi Foundation.
Despite all the good she has seen there, she was "very upset" when she learned that two Malawian men were sentenced Thursday to 14 years of hard labor simply because they are gay, a source tells Tonic.
Calling the decision "backward," Madonna said in a statement released by her longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg: "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison."
On Thursday, a Malawian court sentenced Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga to 14 years in prison following their convictions on charges of "gross indecency" and "unnatural acts." The men were arrested in December after holding a traditional engagement ceremony.
In a continent where baby rape is prevalent and sexual attacks on women are commonplace and often overlooked, gay relationships are illegal in Malawi and in 35 other African countries. Homosexuals in Africa live in fear of harassment, physical attacks, social stigma and imprisonment. Officials in Uganda even proposed a law that would give homosexuals the death penalty for engaging gay relationships or having sexual relations after HIV/AIDS infection.
The judge had harsh words for the two men in court. "I will give you a scaring sentence so that the public be protected from people like you, so that we are not tempted to emulate this horrendous example," Judge Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa told the couple during sentencing, the BBC reported.
Madonna hopes Africa will become more open-minded when it comes to gays.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation," Madonna, 51, tells Tonic. "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."
The UN joined government officials from the White House and Britain, international rights groups and even gender-bending singer Boy George in condemning the decision. "I am shocked and dismayed by the sentence and reports of the treatment of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga while in detention," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"The law which enabled the conviction dates back to the colonial era and has lain dormant for a number of years — rightly so, because it is discriminatory and has the effect of criminalizing and stigmatizing people based on perceptions of their identity," she said. "The protection of individuals against discrimination is pervasive in international human rights law. Why should it be suspended for this one group of human beings?"
Pillay said that the decision could prevent homosexuals from getting the medical care they need, which would have a "disastrous effect" on the fight against AIDS.
Like Madonna, Pillay is calling for the conviction to be overturned. "Laws that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation are by their nature discriminatory, and as such are in apparent violation of a number of key international treaties and instruments," she said.
Madonna and Pillay are not alone. In a joint statement, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth offices said: "The government has signed up to international human rights treaties and Malawi's constitution protects the rights of all its citizens. Infringement of these rights is intolerable. The conviction ... runs counter to a positive trend."
Calling the decision an outrage, Amnesty International said in a press release that it plans to launch a campaign to support the couple. "This sentence sends a strong and unacceptable message that discrimination is legally justified in the Malawi justice system," Amnesty International's deputy program director for Africa, Michelle Kagari.
Former Culture Club frontman Boy George urged his followers on Twitter to sign petitions to release the couple and to write to Malawi officials and to the couple at: Chichiri Prison, P.O.Box 30117, Blantyre 3, Malawi.
Madonna is also urging people around the globe to come forward to protest the verdict. "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: Tonic.


Madonna "Shocked and Saddened" Gay Men in Malawi Sentenced to Prison
Friday – May 21, 2010 – 9:24am
Madonna decries the ruling handed down Thursday in Blantyre, Malawi that will send a gay couple to prison.
"Today, Malawi took a giant step backward," the singer told UsMagazine.com in a statement. "The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved."
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33, and Steven Monjeza, 25, were convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency and sentenced to 14 years of hard labor in prison.
Homosexuality is seen as an abomination in the South African country and most gays, lesbians and transgender people do not show public affections. The couple held an engagement party that was later splashed across the front page of a local newspaper. They were arrested two days later without bail.
According to the New York Times, Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa said he was especially offended that the couple celebrated their relationship in public with an engagement party.
"I do not believe Malawi is ready at this point in time to see its sons, or cohabitating, or conducting engagement ceremonies," he said after issuing the ruling. "Malawi is not ready to smile at her daughters marrying each other. Let posterity judge this judgment."
Madonna, 51, has four kids: Lourdes, 13, Rocco, 9, plus David, 5 (adopted from Malawi in 2006) and Mercy, 4 (adopted from Malawi last year). She is the co-founder of the charity, Raising Malawi, and laid the foundation stone for a $15 million-dollar girls' academy in the country last year.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," she tells Us. "As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation."
Although the couples lawyer Mauya Msuku will most likely appeal the conviction, human rights activists have called for widespread protests around the world.
"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 said.
Source: UsMagazine.


Madonna shocked by sentencing of gay couple in Malawi
Los Angeles, May 21 :
Pop diva Madonna is 'shocked and saddened' by a gay couple being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour by a court in Malawi, from where she has adopted her two children David and Mercy.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison," accesshollywood.com quoted Madonna as saying.
According to reports from Malawi, where homosexuality is illegal, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts when they were held at their engagement ceremony.
"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation is. 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," she said.
Source: Newkerala/IANS.


Madonna Condemns Malawi Gay Sentence
Posted on Advocate.com May 20, 2010
By Advocate.com Editors
Madonna has issued a statement condemning the decision by a Malawi court to sentence gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga to 14 years in prison for "gross indecency" and "unnatural acts" for having an engagement ceremony last year.
Many have been calling on the singer to issue a statement. She has adopted two children from Malawi and is building an orphanage there.
Madonna wrote, "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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. 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: Advocate.


Madonna shocked by sentencing of gay couple in Malawi
2010-05-21 11:50:00
Pop diva Madonna is 'shocked and saddened' by a gay couple being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour by a court in Malawi, from where she has adopted her two children David and Mercy.
'I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison,' accesshollywood.com quoted Madonna as saying.
According to reports from Malawi, where homosexuality is illegal, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts when they were held at their engagement ceremony.
'As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation is. 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,' she said.
Source: Sify News.


Madonna Calls On Malawians To Back Appeal For Jailed Gay Men
21 May 2010 08:13
MADONNA is urging the citizens of Malawi to back an appeal to free two jailed gay men, branding their incarceration "backward".
On Thursday (20May10), Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years in prison, including hard labour, because they are homosexual.
Gay icon Madonna, who adopted two of her children, David and Mercy, from the country, is fuming over the court's decision to imprison the men - and is calling for their release.
In a statement to Access Hollywood, she says, "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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.
"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: Contactmusic News.


Madonna appeals to free gay men
PTI, May 21, 2010, 02.05pm IST
Pop superstar Madonna is urging the citizens of Malawi to back an appeal to free two jailed gay men, branding their incarceration "backward".
A Malawian court yesterday sentenced Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga of 14 years of hard labour in prison because they are homosexual.
Gay icon Madonna, who adopted two of her children, David and Mercy, from the country, is saddened by the court's decision to imprison the men and is calling for their release, Access Hollywood reported.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, color, religion, or sexual orientation," Madonna said in a statement.
"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," she added.
"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 said.
Source: The Times of India.


Madonna condemns gay couple jailing
Source PA News
Updated on 21 May 2010
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.
Source: Channel 4 News.


MADONNA CALLS ON MALAWIANS TO BACK APPEAL FOR JAILED GAY MEN
MADONNA is urging the citizens of Malawi to back an appeal to free two jailed gay men, branding their incarceration "backward".
On Thursday (20May10), Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years in prison, including hard labour, because they are homosexual.
Gay icon Madonna, who adopted two of her children, David and Mercy, from the country, is fuming over the court's decision to imprison the men - and is calling for their release.
In a statement to Access Hollywood, she says, "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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.
"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: Newkerala/IANS/WENN.


Madonna condemns gay couple jailing
Friday, 21 May 2010
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, David Banda and Chifundo "Mercy" James.
Source: Belfast Telegraph.


Madonna slams Malawi couple jailing
Friday, 21 May 2010
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 Queen of Pop 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."
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 has taken a keen interest in issues in Malawi and has two adopted children from the country, David Banda and Chifundo "Mercy" James.
Source: Belfast Telegraph.


Madonna condemns jailing of Gay Malawi couple
Press Association
Friday, 21 May 2010
Madonna today 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 yesterday, 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, David Banda and Chifundo "Mercy" James.
Two years ago her documentary about the devastating effects of Aids in Malawi titled I Am Because We Are, was screened during the Cannes Film Festival.
"I went to Malawi thinking I was going to save children's lives," Madonna said previously.
"But the surprise was how much they changed me and how much growth occurred inside of me."
Source: The Independent.


Madonna calls on Malawians to back appeal for jailed gay men
21/05/2010
Madonna is urging the citizens of Malawi to back an appeal to free two jailed gay men, branding their incarceration "backward".
On Thursday, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years in prison, including hard labour, because they are homosexual.
Gay icon Madonna, who adopted two of her children, David and Mercy, from the country, is fuming over the court's decision to imprison the men - and is calling for their release.
In a statement to Access Hollywood, she says, "I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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.
"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: WENN.


Madonna SLAMS Malawi For Sentencing Gay Couple
First Posted: 05-21-10 01:39 PM | Updated: 05-21-10 03:14 PM
Madonna has taken to her website to express outrage over a Malawi court ruling that sentenced two engaged men to 14 years of hard labor because homosexuality is illegal in the country.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were convicted on charges of gross indecency and unnatural acts after their engagement party last year and their lawyer says they will appeal the conviction.
Madonna writes:
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, 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.
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."
Two of Madonna's children, David Banda and Mercy James, were adopted from Malawi and she runs several orphanages in the country.
Source: The Huffington Post.


Madonna blasts Malawi judge for sentencing gay couple to 14 years hard labor for being gay
BY Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Friday, May 21st 2010, 11:44 AM
An outraged Madonna ripped a Malawi judge for sentencing an engaged gay couple couple to 14 years of hard labor - based strictly on their sexual orientation.
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made by the Malawian court, which sent two innocent men to prison," Madonna said Friday in a statement posted on her web site.
"Malawi took a giant step backward," the singer continued. "The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support out basic human right to love and be loved."
The platinum-selling singer, long a favorite of gay men, has adopted two children from the African nation and runs a half dozen orphanages in Malawi.
She was clearly shaken by the conviction and harsh sentencing of openly gay Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26.
The two were arrested under Malawi's colonial-era laws banning homosexuality after throwing an engagement party at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked.
The two were taken into custody Dec. 27, convicted Tuesday and sentenced Thursday to the maximum term.
Their lawyer said the two men will appeal the conviction.
"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 said.
Source: NY Daily News.

The press on Madonna's statement against Malawi gay couple’s sentence
Tiwonge Chimbalanga, right, and Steven Monjeza are led from court in Blantyre, Malawi after a judge sentenced the couple to the maximum 14 years in prison for unnatural acts and gross indecency.
Photo: Ntonya/AP.

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