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22:35 | 24th June 2017

News: World

Mon 24 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


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

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Madonna blasts Malawi over gay sentence

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Pop sensation Madonna has blasted the nation of Malawi after they convicted two men to 14 years of imprisonment for being homosexual.

The Ray Of Light singer, who has adopted two of her children from Malawi and has continued to help the country by opening up orphanages, has branded the decisions to sentence the men as a ‘huge step backwards and asked them to support the basic right to love.’

In a statement posted on her official website she said: "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, 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."



After being caught having a an engagement party the pair Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were last week sentence to the maximum sentence for homosexuality and now face 14-years imprisonment.

 

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