Annual Report: Zimbabwe 2013

May 30, 2013

Annual Report: Zimbabwe 2013

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  • Forty-four members of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organization were detained overnight at Harare Central Police station on 11 August when police raided their offices in Harare. The raid followed a meeting convened by GALZ to discuss Zimbabwe's draft Constitution and to launch a report on human rights violations perpetrated against its members. Following the detainees' release, police visited some of their homes and workplaces, risking exposing their sexual orientation and thereby putting them at increased risk of discrimination.
  • On 20 August, police raided the GALZ offices for a second time and seized computers and pamphlets. On 23 August, GALZ was charged with running an “unregistered” organization in contravention of Section 6(iii) of the Private Voluntary Organisation Act. For the first time in 20 years GALZ was forced to close its offices indefinitely for fear of further police raids.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Amnesty International delegates visited Zimbabwe in April, August and September/October.
  • Zimbabwean authorities must stop abusing the law to curtail the work of human rights activists (AFR 46/001/2012)
  • Zimbabwe: Brief to SADC on harassment and intimidation of NGO workers by police (AFR 46/016/2012)
  • Zimbabwe: Members of the public at risk as police crack down on gang suspects (PRE01/434/2012)