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Malawi Man Jailed for Promoting Gay Rights


A Malawi man was arrested over the weekend for putting up posters supporting homosexuality.

Twenty-one-year-old Peter Sawali was putting up posters that read, "Gay Rights Are Human Rights." Homosexuality is illegal in the southern African nation.

"Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and is punishable by prison time and hard labor," police spokesman Davie Chingwalu said in a statement. "Basically, he was promoting a criminal act. This is what this is all about."

Sawali was carrying a stack of glossy posters all with the same message when he was arrested. Police are continuing to investigate because Sawali said he was not acting alone.

If convicted, Sawali would face up to five months in prison. Those found guilty of homosexuality in Malawi face up to 14 years in jail.

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