Two men convicted for consensual gay sex in Zambia

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According to a report from AFP, Stephen Sambo, 30, and Japhet Chataba, 38, were found guilty of a ‘crime against nature’ as the hotel employee caught them having sex and filmed it through the window. The relationship between the pair, both of Kapiri Mposhi, appears to have been consensual, but gay sex is illegal in Zambia and punished up to 14 years in prison. The country’s leaders have taken a hardline shift against homosexuality in recent years. After the arrest of two men in 2013, the country’s President Edgar Lungu said that LGBTG issues are unfamiliar to Zambia, and those who think otherwise should ‘go to hell’. Laws criminalizing homosexuality are derived from the former British colonial penal code of Rhodesia, which outlawed sex ‘against the order of nature’. Northern Rhodesia became Zambia in 1964.

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