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Zimbabwe: 5 Men Arrested for Being Gay

Zimbabwe: 5 Men Arrested for Being Gay


Reports have emerged that five men have been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of engaging in homosexual sex.

A 55-year-old white male and four younger black “accomplices,” ages not yet released, were arrested in Harare on allegations of committing sexual immorality, it emerged Tuesday.

Reports the Zimbabwe Mail:

The incident which has left Domboshava residents in shock came to light when a bottle store owner suspected that something was wrong after seeing the young black men spending money in an unusual manner leading him to alert the police.


The men are currently detained at Domboshava Police Station awaiting trial.

This report originates from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and has then been picked up by other sites. As yet it remains the only source to have run this story, so a note of caution is worth sounding.

Zimbabwe criminalizes homosexuality under common law prohibitions on sodomy or “unlawful and intentional sexual relations per anum between two human males.” The law also criminalizes sex between same-gender individuals, allows for the prosecution of intent to commit homosexual sex, and LGBT rights groups in the country also face the added threat of prosecution under the Censorship and Entertainments Control Act which allows the government to prevent materials from being circulated that are deemed offensive to public morality.

The country’s leader Robert Mugabe has frequently decried homosexuality as a Western disease, even once saying “It degrades human dignity. It’s unnatural, and there is no question ever of allowing these people to behave worse than dogs and pigs. If dogs and pigs do not do it, why must human beings? We have our own culture, and we must re-dedicate ourselves to our traditional values that make us human beings. What we are being persuaded to accept is sub-animal behavior and we will never allow it here. If you see people parading themselves as Lesbians and Gays, arrest them and hand them over to the police!”

Lesbians in the country have faced extreme violence with many suffering so-called “corrective” rape to supposedly try and turn them straight — such crimes are often committed by members of their own families or close friends of the family. Victims of such violence, if they survive, have no means of legal recourse because laws banning homosexuality effectively preclude them from any court action.

We will continue to update you on this story as it develops.

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5:23PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

When will there be a total economic, social, political and cultural boycott of countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda?

12:43AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:19PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

How much stupidity ... c'mon ... this is a joke.

3:43PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

"If dogs and pigs do not do it, why must human beings?"

Most things that Mugabe does are not practised by dogs, pigs, or any other animal.

1:49PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Africa is a continient that has a majority of backward countries. Shameful.

10:22AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

... Zimbabwe must be a glum country if one is not allowed to be gay...

7:00AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Not for nothing was Mugabe, from a Catholic family, educated in an elite mission school by Jesuits.

WOZA is a Zimbabwean organization of human rights defenders. The wonderful Jenni Williams (whose father was Irish) visited Ottawa recently and explained her group's work:

6:52AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

'I found some words in the stones of Zimbabwe, heard a distant drumsong in the jungles of Zaïre..
The backwoods spoke of war in the mountains of Managua, but I never found the lion of Ethiopia...
Wonder is that no man has gone to see their chieftains.
Will we find an end to the rain and the birds?
Who can send an emissary to speak to the seasons?
For the ravens and the crows already soak up th skies!'

6:52AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

It never ends. Robert Mugabe has no right to make comment on anyone. What he has done to his own people is appalling and barbaric. I hope that the men are freed soon.

6:44AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

It is not just LGBT people who suffer under Mugabe's tyranny. Robert Mugabe came to power with good ideas for the liberation of his people. He has become a dictator – and a corrupt one at that. The fact, he often uses his religious beliefs to back his reign of tyranny does not make what he is doing right.

Robert Mugabe is perfect proof that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Just as nations boycotted and blockaded Zimbabwe when it was called Rhodesia and was under the tyranny of Ian Smith's White Supremacist regime, we must also boycott and blockade Mugabe. To do anything else is racist. (Racism can flow in both directions.)

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