Human Rights Day

Published: December 10, 2012

Human Rights Day is an opportunity to celebrate human rights and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere. It is a day to reflect on the rights of all people – women, youth, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, persons with disabilities, poor and marginalised people to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision making.

As GALZ we honour the LGBTI community in Zimbabwe which continues to be vilified, harassed and arbitrarily arrested by those that seek to assert and abuse their
power in Zimbabwe.

AS part of 16 Days of Activism, GALZ calls on our political leaders to continue to speak out against
all forms of violence and discrimination and to encourage their supporters to shun violence and
promote the fundamental, inalienable and indivisible nature of human rights, including nondiscrimination
on the basis of race, gender, tribe, culture, sexual orientation or political affiliation. While homophobia is always damaging, it is perhaps most dangerous when it is used to justify violent behaviour against others.
The continued raids of GALZ and harassment of its staff and members is a clear violation of
fundamental rights. It is unjust and signifies the continued, sustained attempts by the state to
clampdown on organisations that are playing an important role of empowering citizens to be
more informed to seek and demand justice.

State sponsored violence and homophobia sways public opinion in a negative way. It also
exposes LGBTI people to public violence. State Sponsored Homophobia has the potential to
escalate violence and vulnerability of LGBTI people in public and private spheres of their lives.
GALZ continues to work towards contributing to a just society that protects the human rights of
all LGBTI people as equal citizens in Zimbabwe.

We say to our community remain resolute and continue to assert your rights.

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