by Rex Wockner
Mozambique’s only LGBT group, Lambda, said March 1 that it has been waiting three years for the government to complete its official registration.
The group, also known as the Mozambican Association for the Defense of Sexual Minorities, submitted its documents to the registry office in January 2008.
The registrar responded that the group’s existence “offends current morality,” and forwarded the forms to the Justice Ministry for review.
In early 2009, Justice Minister Benvinda Levi suggested a rewrite of one article of the group’s statutes, which the group agreed to.
In early 2010, Lambda met with the deputy justice minister. He said there was no legal impediment to registration and suggested the group submit a recounting of facts and law to the ministry, which it did.
Nothing has happened since then, which Lambda says amounts to a violation of its constitutional right to freedom of association.