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Zanele Muholi: raising consciousness through art

Is there a link between the defacement of “The Spear”, the painting of Jacob Zuma which shows his genitals and the theft of five years of Zanele Muholi’s work? Is free expression through art or any other medium under attack from the ANC government. Possibly so.

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July Day-By-Day

29 June-1 July

Africa Energy Forum 2010

Basel, Switzerland

Website: http://www.energynet.co.uk/AEF/index.html

1 July

Beginning of Belgium EU Presidency

Website: http://www.eutrio.be/

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Malawi: Convicted gays released

May30

LILONGWE, MalawiThe convicted and jailed Malawian gay couple released following a presidential pardon. President Bingu wa Mutharika said the decision was based on humanitarian grounds and that homosexuality was still illegal in the country. He said worldwide criticisms are putting stress on the nation.

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“Malawi sentence will set back AIDS”

The conviction and sentencing of two men in Malawi based on their sexual orientation presents a serious threat to the country’s AIDS response, according to the Global Fund. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were this week sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour for “indecent practices between males” and “unnatural offences.”

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Malawi: gay couple found guilty

CAPE TOWN – On May 18, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (in the picture), the two men arrested in December after their traditional engagement party, were convicted of “unnatural acts” and “gross indecency” under colonial-era laws that remain in Malawi’s penal code.

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Uganda: 450,000 sign petition to parliament

About 450,000 people from around the world opposing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill have taken an online petition to the country’s parliament. The petition is the latest attempt to halt the bill, which carries the death penalty for some homosexual acts. US President Barack Obama has called the proposed legislation “odious”.

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