Last week, LookToTheStars.org reported that Madonna and Raising Malawi were urging fans to sign a petition requesting the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga – the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the “crime” of homosexuality. After a global outcry – and more than 30,000 signatures – Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has pardoned the couple.

“We celebrate this astounding turn of events with Steven, Tiwonge, and the countless Malawians fighting for their release,” says Madonna. "It is a historic day for Malawi.

“Though they are free from prison, sadly their safety and future in Malawi is still unknown. I hope this is just the beginning of our work together.

“Human rights injustices continue for so many Malawians facing poverty, disease, and a lack of critical resources. There are still over two million orphans and vulnerable children who need to experience love’s embrace.

“It is going to take the love and creativity of all of us to bring justice to the people of Malawi.”

To share your thoughts with Madonna about this historic day in Malawi, click here.

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