Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Action Alert: It Only Takes 7 Minutes to Make a Difference

Gays need your voice in Malawi!

Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in calling upon the Malawi government to release Steven Monjeza (age 26) and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (age 20) from detention and end discrimination against LGBT and HIV/AIDS activists. The lovers were arrested on December 28 and charged with "unnatural offenses" and "indecent practices between males" The two were then denied bail, and prosecutors subjected them to internal medical examinations without their consent. They now face lengthy prison sentences for “crimes against nature.”

Click on this link to send a letter to Malawian officials: http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home/index.html (Estimated time to complete - less than two minutes)

File under bad advice: "nothing will happen to you if you simply do not come out."

Meanwhile in another part of the world, the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees reports that Asghar Hedayati, a 40-year-old gay man who has been seeking asylum in Norway since 2003 now faces possible deportation. He has been told by the Norwegian authorities he can go back to Iran and "nothing will happen to you if you simply do not come out". You can send a letter urging the Norwegian Government to reconsider their misguided position by clicking on to www.irqr.net. Once you reach the site click on Norway Threatens To Deport....scroll down and you will find a sample letter that you can cut and paste into a few e-mail links. (Estimated time to complete - less than 5 minutes)

Yes, we all are very busy, but 7 minutes may make all the difference for those who are in harms way.

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