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of Ellen Chademana: 210 days to triumph
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
December 16, 2010
The long awaited
judgment in the Ellen Chademana case was delivered today 16 December
2010 exactly 210 days after her arrest on 21 May 2010. Chademana
appeared before Harare Magistrate Don Ndirowei who acquitted her
on charges of allegedly possessing pornographic pictures thereby
contravening section 26(1) of the Censorship and Entertainment Control
GALZ welcomes the acquittal of Ellen as a victory
for human rights defenders in Zimbabwe working on ensuring that
the rights of minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and intersex people in Zimbabwe are protected. LGBTI human rights
defenders continue to experience harassment and Intimidation from
police authorities in Zimbabwe. The environment continues to be
hostile for human rights defenders.
On the eve of
this Judgement, two police details visited the GALZ offices and
demanded entry into the premises by threatening the security personnel
present with arrest if they do not get access. This is clearly Intimidation
and harassment by the police clearly abusing authority to undermine
minorities and an attempt to silence the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe.
We call on the
police to acknowledge the role of all human rights defenders by
putting an end to their harassment and ensuring protection and security
of all human rights defenders.
against Chademana arose when police armed with a search warrant
On May 21 2010 ransacked the GALZ offices alleging that the organisation
was in possession of dangerous drugs and pornographic material.
She was subsequently arrested
and detained for seven days together with a colleague Ignatius Mhambi,
who was also facing similar charges but was also acquitted.
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