GALZ Statement to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
17 May 2019
“Justice and Protection For All”
GALZ joins the rest of the world to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia- IDAHOT under the theme Justice and Protection for All
17 May is set aside to draw the attention of Political leaders, public, media and policy makers to the alarming human rights situation faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex community the world over.
In line with the theme “Justice and Protection For All,” GALZ continues to document and highlight the injustices that affect LGBTI people in Zimbabwe on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression that include disownment by families, dismissal from employment, blackmail, exhortation, invasion of privacy, arbitrary arrests, denial of human dignity, coerced into arranged marriages amongst others.
GALZ laments the continued existence of archaic and colonial in-human laws that criminalises same sex conduct. Such laws have no place in democratic societies and should be repealed.
GALZ applauds the efforts of state and non-state actors who have worked and still work towards provision and ensuring Justice and Protection for All citizens including LGBTI persons. We are encouraged by the efforts of the Zimbabwe Government’s positive attitude to reviewing policies that can enable access to health for LGBTI people.
GALZ calls on Zimbabwe’s Government to ensure that the criminal justice system is not used to target or harass LGBTI people, organizations, their staff, families, lawyers, organisations and individuals who represent and support them, and that these organizations, can carry out their work in defence of human rights without fear of reprisal or intimidation.
We further hope that the Government will ensure that LGBTI people in Zimbabwe do not continue to suffer the basic humiliations of oppressive laws, social stigma and propaganda spewed out by our national and religious leaders. We urge our Government to take all necessary measures to guarantee that the rights and freedoms of all LGBTI people are respected. //ENDS