Zim cops raid gay group's offices

2012-08-22 07:46

Harare - A coalition of Africa rights groups on Tuesday said police in Zimbabwe had raided the offices of a gay group, seizing computers and documents, about a week after 44 gays were detained.

The Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (Arasa) said two truckloads of 20 policemen raided the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) offices in the capital Harare on Monday, claiming they were in search of illegal data and offensive materials.

Police confiscated computers and advocacy publications from the Galz offices without producing a search warrant.

"Arasa and its partners have learned with concern that, following the assault and arbitrary detention of 44 members of the Galz at Harare central police station on 11 August... the organisation's offices were again raided on 20 August 2012."

It said the 44 were picked up early this month as they convened to launch a lesbian and gay rights violations report and to disseminate information on the contents of the country's draft constitution.

"We... strongly condemn the recent campaign of threats, intimidation and violence targeted at human rights activists by the Zimbabwean Republic Police," the groups said in a statement.

"We are gravely concerned about the gross violation of the rights of Galz members to be free from arbitrary arrest; torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment."

"This intimidation and harassment of civil society organisations... is unconstitutional and wholly unacceptable."

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has in the past described gays and lesbians as worse than "dogs and pigs".

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-22 07:55

    This seems to becoming a habit with these guys. I wonder why these Cops dont just join the club, if they feel that they must visit there so often?

  • Emile Myburgh - 2012-08-22 08:01

    It is a hallmark of petty dictators to clamp down on freedoms. To feel threatened by gays is essentially to be paranoid about what people do in the privacy of their rooms. That is how absurd Bob's mind is. Or maybe he was jilted by one Galz members...

      mbossenger - 2012-08-22 11:07

      I don't know what's worse - the fact that thami wrote this crap or that it actually got some thumbs up.

      Pulverturm - 2012-08-22 15:01

      thami.khulu, Let me start by saying that the only sick thing here is you and your bigotry. While homosexuality isn't a choice, bigotry sure is. So you can choose to carry on hating something that has nothing to do with you, unless perhaps you hate it because of some suppressed homosexual tendencies perhaps. Secondly, you cannot "promote" homosexuality. You either are homosexual or you're not, all these people are promoting is acceptance, but clearly you are so blinded by your hate that you will never see that.

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-08-22 15:28

      I guess thami.khulu was there to see all this 'sick literature and videos'?

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-22 15:34

      @thami - "It has no place in our society and certainly no place in the constitution." And who gave you the right to make that call? "The aim of GALZ is to promote and spread this homosexuality." No, their aim is to get the same rights for homosexuals that everyone else is entitled to.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-22 17:40

      Thami, Freedom can only exist with the respect and protection of minorities !!

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-22 08:18

    What would Mugabe do...?!

  • michelle.skinner.9212 - 2012-08-22 12:57

    This is outrageous in this day & age!!!

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-08-26 14:04

      the aryan world is trying to continue with thier domination through the spread of rottern aryanic values.homoxesuality is an indo aryan value.we shall never accept it in africa point.

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-08-22 15:29

    In other news:

  • rmakono - 2012-08-22 16:01


  • tauraijustice.mapiye - 2012-09-12 16:38

    kufemera mumwe murume kumuita mukadzi its non starter in zim thats a dirty game ever

  • Reason Rhammar Takaruza - 2013-06-13 09:52

    no homo

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