Action Alert

LONDON: Protest for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga

Date: Saturday, 29 May 2010
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Location: outside the Malawi High Commission London 70 Winnington Road, London N2 0TX

Description: We really want to show our support to Steven and Tiwonge with a public demonstration outside the Malawi High Commission. More info to follow but please spread the word and invite as many people as possible. Bring your friends and spread this around the social networks asap!

More information on Facebook.

Support Tiwonge and Steven in prison in Malawi

Big thanks for your concern about the outrageous 14-year jail term handed down to Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi.

There are three things you can do:

FIRST

Send a letter or postcard of support to Steven and Tiwonge. In this difficult time, they need to know that people around the world love and support them. Get all your friends to do the same. Write to:

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza,
Prisoners, Chichiri Prison,
P.O.Box 30117,
Blantyre 3,
Malawi

SECOND

Write a letter to your elected political representative. Urge him or her to write a letter of protest to Malawian President and to the Malawian Ambassador in your country.

If you live in the UK:

  • Email your MP and all your MEPs via this website: www.writetothem.com
  • Ask your MP and MEPs to protest to the Malawian President and to the Malawi High Commission in London.
  • Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 564, which protests against the prosecution of Tiwonge and Steven.

THIRD

Make a donation by post or BACS electronic transfer to the Malawi Defence Campaign, organised the UK-based LGBT organisation OutRage!

OutRage! will use all money donated to support Tiwonge and Steven with food parcels, medicine, clothes, blankets etc. and to help fund the campaign for their release.

By BACS electronic transfer:
Account name: OutRage
Bank: Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank, Bootle, Merseyside, GIR 0AA, England, UK
Account number: 77809302
Sort code: 72-00-01

For electronic transfers from overseas (outside the UK), please ADDITIONALLY quote these codes:
BIC: ALEIGB22
IBAN: GB65ALE1720001778093 02

By cheque:
Write a cheque payable to “OutRage!” and send to OutRage!, PO Box 17816, London SW14 8WT. Enclose a note giving your name and address and stating that your donation is for the Malawi Defence campaign.

Thanks for your concern and commitment to justice for Tiwonge and Steven.

Solidarity!
Peter Tatchell, OutRage!

Save the Life of LGBT Activist Kiana Firouz

Iranian lesbian activist Kiana Firouz is currently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom after a controversy over the upcoming release of Cul de Sac. The film, which stars Firouz and includes explicit lesbian sex scenes, is based heavily on Firouz’s life and struggles as a lesbian in Iran. Directors Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan posted the trailer on YouTube in December 2009 (below, NSFW) and since then, the Iranian government has attempted to deport Firouz back to Iran to be tried and punished for her crime of homosexuality. Firouz applied for refugee status in the UK, but was rejected.

If she is not granted asylum in the UK, she will be sent back to Iran, where the minimum punishment for homosexuality is 100 lashes. The punishment for “unrepentant” homosexuality, which Firouz’s LGBTQ activism clearly demonstrates, is public execution by hanging.

Find out more on the dedicated Facebook group.

To sign a petition asking for asylum in the UK endorsed by Firouz herself, click here.

To see the trailer for Cul de Sac, click here.

Send a letter asking for amnesty for Firouz here:
Minister of State (Borders and Immigration) -
Home Office, 2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Fax: +44 870 336 9034

Secretary of State for the Home Department -
Home Office, 2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Fax: +44 20 7035 0900

A form letter can be found here.