Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws
President Joyce Banda pledged to review Malawi's anti-homosexuality laws earlier this year.
November 6th, 2012
01:17 AM ET

Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws

Malawi is shelving its laws against homosexuality pending a vote on whether to repeal them, a rights group said, a bold move in a continent that mostly  criminalizes such relationships.

The justice minister said the laws are suspended and police cannot arrest or prosecute homosexuals until parliament votes, Amnesty

International said in a statement Monday.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in the southern Africa nation and carry a penalty of up to 14 years in prison.

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