Zimbabwe was one of various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where the IDAHOT 2014 provided an entry point for encouraging discussion around sexual rights, with religious and political leaders, and on the part of the general public.
Communities gathered at the Dutch embassy in the capital Harare, where Richman Rangwani, a leading councillor with the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party, spoke out in defence of LGBTI rights.
During the event, Dutch ambassador to Zimbabwe Mrs Gera Sneller implored President Robert Mugabe’s government to “move with the times” through allowing the community to enjoy its full rights – reports New Zimbabwe.
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, which organised the events in the capital, also released a statement on IDAHOT 2014, underscoring the Zimbabwean Constitution’s guarantees as to “rights to privacy, expression, assembly, association and conscience in the Bill of Rights”. The statement can be read in full here.
For more information please see:
- Free Speech Radio News: Zimbabwe: Gay rights advocates mark Int’l Day Against Homophobia in hiding
- Bulawayo 24: Zanu-PF councilor backs gay rights
- Gay Star News: Zimbabwe ruling party politicians backs gay rights