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UNAIDS, Global Fund Directors Meet With Malawi President Over Country's Anti-Gay Laws; U.N. Secretary General to Travel to Country

May 26, 2010

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe together with Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday met with Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika to express their concern about the country's anti-gay laws, after two homosexual men in the country were recently convicted and sentenced to 14 years of prison "for unnatural acts and gross indecency," the Associated Press reports. "Kazatchkine said, 'Criminalizing sexual behaviour drives people who engage in same-sex relations underground,' hampering HIV programs," the AP adds (5/25).

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will travel to Malawi this weekend to meet with the president and discuss this issue, the New York Times reports. "Ban said the sentence violated human rights principles that ban both discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as the criminalization of sexual acts between consenting adults," the newspaper writes (MacFarquhar, 5/24).

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