Amnesty International regards both men to be prisoners of conscience and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.“There has been a string of violent attacks and state prosecutions of people believed to be gay or lesbian in Zambia”, said Simeon Mawanza, Zambia Researcher at Amnesty International.
The Zambian authorities must end the persecution of individuals based on their perceived sexual orientation, Amnesty International said as the trial of two Zambian men accused of having sex “against the order of nature” is set to conclude on Tuesday, 25 February.
James Mwape and Philip Mubiana have been held in prison since May 2013.
In the words of some of the participants: The power framework got me thinking there are a lot of pressures we face, decisions we make without thinking about what influences us – it was an eye opener – I could identify forces at play.
– Tsekai Makwelele Chityaba We live in a diverse society.
When we think about sex and sexualities, we are thinking about ‘penis’ and ‘vagina’ but there are other forms of having sex so we need to bear this in mind when talking about sex.
– Chanda Buumba Katongo I learned more about the issue of choice – as a person I can have certain beliefs but what is important is that every women has the right to choose – my own values or opinions should not hinder another person’s access to (SRH) services.If convicted they face at up to 14 years in prison.Homophobic rhetoric by senior government officials has created a hostile environment in which physical and verbal attacks are becoming increasingly commonplace, instilling fear amongst LGBTI Zambians.At least five men are known to have been arrested under Zambia’s anti-sodomy laws in the past year.In January, a young man in Lusaka was assaulted by police officers.Have you been on the sidelines of the swing lifestyle?