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Statement on GALZ for international partners
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
June 03, 2010

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/action/64913

On Thursday 27 May 2010, Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Mhambi were released on bail until a trial set for Thursday 10 June 2010, on allegations of possessing indecent material and displaying a placard seen as insulting to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. GALZ is now calling on organisations to send statements in support of GALZ, highlighting the raid of the GALZ offices, the arrest Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Mhambi, the torture of Ignatius while in custody, the continued harassment of GALZ staff and the police saying that they want to question all staff members.

Background

On Thursday 27 May 2010, Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Mhambi were released on bail until a trail set for Thursday 10 June 2010 on allegations of possessing indecent material and displaying a placard seen as insulting to President Robert Mugabe.

GALZ had previously asked regional and international LGBTI and human rights organisations to take caution so as to not jeopardise the case, but after reviewing the situation and in light of the ruling of the case.

GALZ is now calling on organisations to send statements in support of GALZ highlighting the raid of the GALZ offices, the arrest Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Mhambi, the torture of Ignatius while in custody, the continued harassment of GALZ staff and the police saying that they want to question all staff members;

For regional and international partners who plan to produce public statements or send letters, GALZ is proposing the following elements be included. Letters should be addressed to:

The Attorney General's Office
Attorney-General
P. Bag 7714,
Causeway
Telephone: +263 4 774586/7

Minister of Home Affairs and
Physical Address:
Eleventh Floor
Mukwati Building
Corner Fourth Street and Livingstone Avenue
Harare

Postal Address:
Private Bag 7703
Causeway
Harare
Telephone: +263 4 703641 or +263 4 703643

Visit the GALZ fact sheet

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