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Chronicle persistently undermines the constitution making process
Gertrude Pswarayi, Sexual Rights Centre
March 22, 2010
The Sexual Rights Centre
noted with deep concern the article published by the Chronicle in
its March 16, 2010 publication. The article headlined "Gay
rights proposal irks residents" uses hate speech, is not balanced
and uses sources which are not credible to arouse strong emotions
of hatred against sexual minorities and to gain Zimbabweans'
approval for the exclusion of sexual rights and sexual minorities
in the new constitution .
The article quotes the
ZANU-PF Deputy Secretary for Women's Affairs, Cde Eunice Sandi
as saying, "Phansi lezitabane (Down with homosexuals). We
don't want that in our constitution," and the MDC-T
spokesperson, Mr Nelson Chamisa as saying, "Same sex marriage
is something that is not encouraged in our society. It's tragic
and regrettable that some people think that MDC-T is pro-gay."
The article is homophobic
propaganda in the guise of a news article. It is aimed at altering
and controlling people's opinions, ideas and views, contrary
to the notion of a people-driven constitution. The article violates
Zimbabwean's rights to receiving accurate and balanced information
about what is happening in society. It promotes stigma and discrimination,
undermines people's rights to equality, dignity and respect
and the right to be protected by the law.
The article also demonstrates
that Zimbabwe's leaders are not committed to upholding international
standards and recognising the human rights of every individual.
As the Sexual Rights
Centre, we call on political leaders and journalists to refrain
from using hate speech and manipulating the public owned media to
deliberately and systematically attack sexual minorities and anyone
advocating for their rights. The Sexual Rights Centre calls for
the inclusion of voices of marginalised groups in the new Constitution.
This will ensure that the new Constitution reflects views of all
The Sexual Rights
Centre works with sexual minorities to reduce stigma and discrimination,
increase understanding and awareness, emphasize best and ethical
practice in programmes working with Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Inter-sex
(LGBTI) persons. We frame LGBTI issues within the context of human
rights and we encourage the nation to uphold the rights of every
individual and to respect them.
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