LGBT activists arrested in Zimbabwe

Handpainted "Homophobia is Unafrican" signBY

According to the Zimbabwe civil rights group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), 44 of its members were arrested at their office soon after the launch of the GALZ Violations Report and Briefing of the second draft Zimbabwe Constitution. 31 men and 13 women members were detained at Harare Central Police Station on August 11, 2012.

Four police officers attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for backup where approximately 15 riot squad members descended on the office and effected arrest. Police assaulted most of the members using baton sticks, open hands and clenched fists before detaining them without charge.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for human rights were denied access to see all members detained.


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