Zambia: Anger after raising of LGBT flag in two embassies

Zambia: Anger after raising of LGBT flag in two embassies

The Swedish and Finnish embassies in Zambia angered Zambians after raising the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBTIQ community, along with their own national flags at their premises on Tuesday.

The Swedish and Finnish embassies in Zambia tweeted the rainbow flag using the hashtag #Idahot2022, which stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.

“LGBTIQ rights are human rights – always and everywhere,” the tweet said.

The Finnish ambassador also tweeted “standing together for human rights”.

Former Zambian diplomat Emmanuel Mwamba has demanded answers from the country’s foreign ministry, The Lusaka Times website reports.

Same-sex relationships are outlawed in Zambia, where British colonial-era laws on homosexuality still apply.

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