Chiefs warned to resist LGBT rights and foreign culture

Tribal chiefs in Zimbabwe have been told to resist foreign cultures and LGBT rights by a government minister as the country is criticized for its human rights record

Chiefs warned to resist LGBT rights and foreign culture
29 August 2012

A Zimbabwean government minister has warned tribal chiefs to resist the entry of foreign cultures into the country and said there was no room for so-called foreign practices like LGBT rights in the country’s new constitution.

‘Those fighting for gay rights are disobeying God who created us in his image,’ Resident Minister Jason Machaya told the chiefs.

Machaya claimed that tribal chiefs had the power to ban their subjects from adopting aspects of other cultures.

‘The land belongs to chiefs who were given the sovereign right by God to rule,’ Machaya said.

‘Let us collectively fight the enemy who is trying to destabilize our nation through introduction of foreign cultures.’

Machaya’s comments come during a week in which his government was condemned by global human rights group Human Rights Watch who criticized Zimbabwe for its harassment of LGBT activists.

The group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) have been repeatedly raided by police during August, with the group’s computers and files seized on August 20 and 44 of its members held overnight without charge on August 11.

‘This latest police raid on the country’s leading LGBT group shows the government’s intolerance of the rights of Zimbabwe’s sexual and gender minorities,’ said Monica Tabengwa, a LGBT rights researcher with Human Rights Watch.

‘By intimidating and harassing members of GALZ, the authorities are violating their rights to freedom of expression and association.’

‘The government and people of Zimbabwe should consider the ongoing constitutional review a critically important opportunity to embrace and promote the human rights of all, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.’

Human Rights Watch have written to Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister and President to raise the issue.



No thumbnail available

Gay man publishes dad's hate letter to expose 'persecution'

Over 4,000 readers send messages of support to gay man who was disowned by his homophobic father five years ago
No thumbnail available

X Factor star Sam Bailey: ‘Everyone thought I was a lesbian’

Gay Star News speaks to the reigning X Factor UK champion about getting pregnant in gay bars, growing willies in your belly and the perils of short hair
No thumbnail available

Lovely Lübeck: medieval grandeur and queenly character in northern Germany

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture
No thumbnail available

US marine charged with murder of Philippines trans woman

Jennifer Laude was found naked with her head in a toilet
No thumbnail available

Former voice of Sesame Street's Elmo faces another lawsuit

Third accuser claims he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash on gay chat line
No thumbnail available

Santorum would love a gay child

Santorum is asked how he would treat a gay child
No thumbnail available

Britain’s new UKIP MP has consistently voted against laws supporting LGBTI rights

The rightwing, eurosceptic party UKIP continues to gain ground in the UK with the election of its first MP, Douglas Carswell, to Parliament
No thumbnail available

Bahamas bishop brands clergy who attack gays as closet cases

Bishop Simeon B Hall in Bahamas goes from saying gay sex is ‘deadly’ and ungodly to defending LGBT community in one year
No thumbnail available

GOP Reps: If Chipotle can refuse to serve pork, businesses should have right to refuse gay people

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates
No thumbnail available

GetEqual pushes back against Perkins and Family Research Council

GetEqual condemns Family Research council shooting and FRC