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Zimbabwe’s new police powers provoke fear of more blackmail

The Zimbabwean government has authorised security agencies to have wide-ranging access to personal information about everyone in the country who has a telephone or Internet access, effective Oct. 1. Human rights defenders and legal experts say the new regulations violate Section 57 of the new Zimbabwean constitution, which guarantees citizens the right to privacy. Those … Continue reading

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In Zimbabwe, Mugabe resumes his gay-bashing

MUGABE’S LATEST ANTI-GAY TIRADE As has become the norm, as soon as Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was inaugurated for his seventh term in office, he resumed making scathing remarks against homosexuality. During his inauguration ceremony on Aug. 22, attended by thousands of people as well as African dignitaries Mugabe spoke at length about Zimbabwe, trade, … Continue reading

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Talk of changing Zimbabwe constitution incites LGBT fears

The Zimbabwean LGBT community has been plunged into fearful uncertainty by news that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party intends to make changes to the new Zimbabwean constitution. In March, the new constitution won overwhelming support in a referendum. It had taken four years to build, owing to haggling and political bickering between Zanu PF … Continue reading

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LGBT people in spotlight as Zimbabwe election nears

As Zimbabwe prepares for watershed elections on July 31, homosexuality has once again taken centre stage. While the President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has taken a stance against homosexuality, vociferously describing it as an evil, the MDC party of challenger and prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has remained mum on the issue, a development that … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe activists reject call for anti-gay crackdown

Zimbabwean LGBT activists have slammed a Bulawayo-based anti-gay political organisation that is calling on the country to ban local groups that help LGBT people. The pressure group argues that LGBT advocacy organisations are un-African and in violation of the Zimbabwean constitution. The organization, based in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, calls itself Africa Against Western Influence and … Continue reading

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Mixed feelings among LGBTs as Zimbabwe turns 33

Zimbabwean LGBT people across the world have expressed mixed feelings on the country’s Independence Day celebrations as Zimbabwe turned 33 today. For some LGBT Zimbabweans who fled from the country because of its widespread homophobia, Independence Day was a time for grieving and for remembering what they had lost. During the day’s celebrations in Harare, … Continue reading