Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Zambia's Draconian Gay Laws

Same-sex relationships are outlawed in Zambia, where British colonial-era laws on homosexuality still apply.

In the case of Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, a judge quashed an appeal against their conviction last week, sentencing them both to 15 years in prison.

The US ambassador to Zambia implored the Zambian government to review the case and its homosexuality laws, but has since faced a backlash for doing so. The career diplomat said he had cancelled scheduled appearances at World Aids Day events on Tuesday "because of threats made against me" on social media.

"I was shocked at the venom and hate directed at me and my country, largely in the name of 'Christian' values, by a small minority of Zambians," Mr Foote said.
President Lungu in an interview with Sky News, Mr Lungu mounted a combative defence of Zambia's homosexuality laws.
"Even animals don't do it, so why should we be forced to do it?...because we want to be seen to be smart, civilised and advanced and so on."

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