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on 16 days of activism event in Bulawayo
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
December 07, 2010
actions by the Zimbabwe Republic Police against Sexual
Rights Centre, members of the LGBTI community and activists
at a recent event organised by Musasa
Project to mark 16 days of activism in Bulawayo. The uninformed
and arbitrary decision to ask these members to leave the event only
serves to reinforce the bigotry and discrimination of sexual minorities
at a platform where organisations such as these are working tirelessly
to eradicate sexism and its effects.
Rape and violence
of women and children including lesbians and sex workers is on the
increase in Zimbabwe and unfortunately the challenges of sexual
minorities are not recognised as serious challenges deserving of
attention. In situations where such communities stand up to highlight
their plight, the police should ensure that sexual minorities freely
participate on such platforms that highlight human rights violations.
We also call on the Police to respect and uphold the rights of citizens
as enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights as their actions run contrary to
the principles of the declaration.
On 1 December
2010 a group of around thirty sex workers and LGBTI members took
part in a march organised by Musasa project in Bulawayo to Mark
the 16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women under the
banner of Sexual Rights Centre. After the march, the group gathered
at the large city hall, police ordered the group to leave the venue
of the commemorations because "homosexual acts are against
the law in Zimbabwe, they could not be present at this event."
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