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Thieves break into ‘Gays, Lesbians’ rights defenders offices

Thugs have broken into offices of Nyasa Rainbow Alliance – an advocacy group for Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBTI) people- and stolen court documents and other items

Executive director of the organisation, Erick Sambisa has confirmed the development in an interview with MIJ Online. He said they have already reported the matter to police.

“Since our organisation has reported the matter to Police, it is our expectation that the police will investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book,” said Sambisa as quoted by MIJ online

He adds: “The development is not only devastating, but also retrogressive. We have every reason to believe that this is an attempt by some overzealous people to frustrate our operations as we strive to defend and protect the rights of the LGBTI persons in Malawi who are currently facing harassment and discrimination because of their sexual orientation,” said Sambisa as quoted by MIJ Online

The break-in has come at a time the organisation in conjunction with our stakeholders has moved the Constitutional Court of Malawi to declare the sodomy law unconstitutional on account that the said law criminalizes consensual same sex relations between adults in private.

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