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  • World AIDS Day 2013

    By Tony | December 1, 2013

    World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, is the 25th World AIDS Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, communities and nations. Is it a day to celebrate, mourn, be thankful or downcast? In truth all of these. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Tutu calls for end to gay stigma to help tackle HIV

    By Mark | July 20, 2012

    BBC

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for homosexuality to be decriminalised to help tackle HIV.

    His comments come in an analysis in The Lancet journal of why incidence of the virus continues to grow among men who have sex with men. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawi president vows to legalise homosexuality

    By Mark | May 18, 2012

    Guardian

    Joyce Banda’s promise to repeal homosexuality laws welcomed by gay rights campaigners across Africa

    Malawi’s new president has pledged to lift the country’s ban on homosexuality, breaking ranks from much of Africa where such activity remains a crime. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South African NGOs mourn murder of Ugandan gay rights activist

    By Mark | January 28, 2011

    COSATU

    The Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, Treatment Action Campaign and Section27 are saddened and outraged to learn of the brutal murder of comrade David Kato in Kampala, Uganda yesterday, 26 January 2011. We join activists in Africa and across the world in condolences to fellow comrades in Uganda, his loved ones, family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Defending LGBT rights in Africa

    By Info | December 1, 2010

    Progress, 30 November 2010

    by Michael Cashman MEP

    As the US evangelical right takes its anti-gay battles to Africa, the need is urgent to uphold human rights there, on the ground and at the UN and, not to fear the ‘sovereignty’ argument – the same as was used about apartheid. Read the rest of this entry »

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    AIDS discriminates because we discriminate

    By Mark | November 2, 2010

    A message from AIDS Free World

    Throughout November a 520-square-foot silent video message from AIDS-Free World, is being beamed across New York’s Times Square once every hour, every day.

    Watch the video here. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawi: Human rights activists commend presidential pardon of gay couple

    By Info | June 3, 2010

    Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), 29 May 2010

    Today’s order for the unconditional pardon and immediate release from prison of Tionge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza by Malawian President and African Union Chairperson Bingu wa Mutharika is a welcome one. The two have been serving a sentence of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for their convictions under the Malawi Penal Code prohibitions on “unnatural offences” (Section 153) and “indecent practices between males” (Section 156). Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update – May 2010

    By Info | May 28, 2010

    The May 2010 Zimbabwe Update is now available to view on the ACTSA website.

    In this month’s update we focus on the ongoing challenges in implementing the Global Political Agreement, the new Media Commission as it begins the process of licensing, the latest visit of monitors at Chiadzwa mines. We also cover the arrest of LGBT activists, staff shortages in schools and the recent conference to reunify ZINASU. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Bishops press Zuma to speak up on gay couple

    By Info | May 27, 2010

    27 May 2010, Cape Times

    The Anglican Church in southern Africa has called on President Jacob Zuma and the government to lobby for the immediate release of two Malawian men sentenced to 14 years in prison because of their homosexual relationship.

    “We urge them to press for the swift release of these two individuals, who have committed no act of violence or harm against anyone, for the quashing of the sentence against them and for the repeal of this repressive legislation,” the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa said. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Denial of gay rights adds to risk of Aids

    By Info | May 26, 2010

    Letter from Stop AIDS Campaign (of which ACTSA is a member), published in the Guardian, Monday 24 May 2010

    It is with grave dismay that we learn of the imprisonment of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (Malawian gay couple jailed for 14 years, 21 May) and join with numerous southern African organisations in condemning the decision and the impact it will have on the individuals and the principle of universal human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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