Breaking News

UK Says Bulawayo is More Tolerant To Homosexuals

by Ndou Paul
15 February 2012 | 3233 Views
 United Kingdom based online News website the NewZimbabwe.Com reports that ZIMBABWEAN s claiming asylum in the UK are more than likely to be turned down because the country has a thriving "gay scene" Bulawayo being the most tolerant city to practice  homosexuality.

In a recent landmark judgement, the UK's Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) left the door slightly ajar for asylum claimants whose personal circumstances place them at risk or suffer from HIV.

A Zimbabwean asylum seeker, known by the initials LZ, arrived in the United Kingdom in 1999. She claimed asylum in 2009, stating that she feared persecution as a lesbian back home.

The UK Home Office turned down her asylum bid leading to the case reaching the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

In its judgment described as "significant" by immigration lawyers, the Upper Tribunal said it was "unable to accept that homosexuals are being persecuted as a generality when concrete examples are few, and when that standpoint is not supported by the best placed local observers".

Finding that there has been much public expression of extreme homophobia at the highest levels in recent years, including by President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Justices Macleman and Holmes went on: "Male homosexual behaviour is criminalised, but prosecutions are very rare. Lesbianism is not criminalised...

"There are no records of any murders with a homophobic element. ‘Corrective rape' is rare, and does not represent a general risk.

"There is a ‘gay scene' within limitations."

The judges also noted that lesbians, living on their own or together, may face greater difficulties than gay men.

But the court was heavily swayed by a submission by the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) which told a UK Border Agency fact finding mission that Zimbabwe is "not the worst place in the world to be gay or lesbian even though the President, government officials and church leaders have whipped up a climate of hysterical homophobia."

Applying a standard set in an earlier ruling in HJ & HT, Judge Holmes and Judge Mclean said "there is no general risk to gays or lesbians" in Zimbabwe.

"The perception that a woman is a lesbian may lead to discrimination or harassment from some individuals, but not generally to violence. There is a higher level of tolerance of homosexuality within Zimbabwean society than government rhetoric would suggest," the judges found.

The Tribunal, using information supplied by GALZ, went on to suggest that there were different tolerance levels for homosexuals in Zimbabwe, with Bulawayo seen as most tolerant.

"A homosexual at risk in his or her community can move elsewhere, either in the same city or to another part of the country. He or she might choose to relocate to where there is greater tolerance, such as Bulawayo, but the choice of a new area is not restricted."

LZ's application failed on the general risk test, but was allowed after the Upper Tribunal said there could be "personal circumstances" that would place homosexuals at risk.

The court ruled that "although not decisive on its own, being openly gay may increase risk. A positive HIV/AIDS diagnosis may also be a risk factor."

Homosexuality is hogging the public debates in Zimbabwe as the country prepares for a referendum on a new constitution.

By a wide majority, most Zimbabweans are opposed to homosexuality and would like to see the retention of laws criminalising same sex relationships.

In January 2012 suspected Zanu PF youths destroyed litter bins that were donated to the Bulawayo City Council by the Sexual Rights Centre,(a gays and lesbian rights organisation)  after inscribing them Pasi Nengochani (Down with homosexuality).

Below are photos of the litter bins curtsey of The Southern Star






      





Homosexuals

Source: newzimbabwe.com

Do you agree that foreskins of circumcised men could be used for witchcraft?

Yes
53.97%
No
13.81%
Hogwash
32.22%
239

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Chiyangwa shooting - The truth and nothing else but the truth about th...

by Suitable Kajau | 25 July 2014 | 27 Views

Why the 2018 Zimbabwean President will emerge from Diaspora - Zimbabwe...

by Ryton Dzimiri | 25 July 2014 | 585 Views

Dr Tsvangirai's London paper was a great disappointment - Dr Richard M...

by Wilbert Mukori | 25 July 2014 | 611 Views

Drogba signs - Striker Didier Drogba has re-signed for Chelsea on a o...

by Sports reporter | 25 July 2014 | 1081 Views

Baba Jukwa probe a waste of resources - Zimbabweans struggling to surv...

by Tererai Karimakwenda | 25 July 2014 | 800 Views

Blitz on Zimbabwean 'illegals' in South Africa - Reports coming from S...

by Nomalanga Moyo | 25 July 2014 | 1880 Views

Vendors assault municipal police - Public anger at official harassment...

by Mthulisi Mathuthu | 25 July 2014 | 705 Views

Two Zimbabwean banks face collapse - Two more indigenous banks face co...

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 2941 Views

Mugabe's Zanu-PF burning over Baba Jukwa - Analysts have said the ugly...

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 3721 Views

'MDC-T infighting weakens Zanu-PF challenge' - Infighting within Morga...

by Thelma Chikwanha | 25 July 2014 | 1435 Views

8 people die in Kombi crash - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 25 July 2014 | 3802 Views

'I'm the sweetest, coolest guy,' says Malema

by Sapa | 25 July 2014 | 2691 Views

Baba Jukwa saga: 'Mathuthu has NOT fled Zimbabwe'

by Ndou Paul | 25 July 2014 | 5911 Views

Welshman Ncube responds to Tsvangirai - Full statement - Press Release...

by Welshman Ncube | 25 July 2014 | 3267 Views

Zim woman killed in SA, chopped head found on bed - A family believed ...

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 4255 Views

Duty-free car importation with effect from this month - Churches and o...

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 4953 Views

Popular Zimbabwean lawyer appointed as AAI Deputy Executive Director -...

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 1648 Views

Hosiah Chipanga unveils own 'commandments' - CONTROVERSIAL musician, p...

by Liberty Dube | 25 July 2014 | 2578 Views

Tsvangirai in London

by Ndou Paul | 25 July 2014 | 2361 Views

'Rogue' gynaecologist films patients

by Sapa-AP | 25 July 2014 | 2713 Views

Chinotimba caught playing soccer

by Sports reporter | 25 July 2014 | 5392 Views

Bus conductor assaults police officer - A POLICE officer sustained a w...

by Clara Mudefi | 25 July 2014 | 1875 Views

Granny jumps off moving kombi, dies - MYSTERY shrouds the tragic death...

by Liberty Dube | 25 July 2014 | 2469 Views

Man tires of cheating wife's shenanigans - THE husband of Laiza Kangom...

by Liberty Dube | 25 July 2014 | 2664 Views

Prophet Makandiwa miraculously heals a Mutare boy

by Ngoni Dapira | 25 July 2014 | 2856 Views

Grace Mugabe to be anointed the new Zanu-PF Women's League boss

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 2072 Views

Mugabe seeks $1.4billion World Bank reprieve

by Itai Gwatidzo Mushekwe | 25 July 2014 | 2060 Views

UK not reversing Zimbabwe deportations

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 2306 Views

'Speak in Shona,' Speaker tells Ndebele minister

by Staff reporter | 25 July 2014 | 6143 Views

Entertainment

Carl Joshua Ncube to tour with brand new material - The brand new stan...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 673 Views

Macheso gears up for UK tours - In an apparent joint preparation for t...

by Entertainment reporters | 23 July 2014 | 1431 Views

DJ Munya is back - After a two-year hiatus, DJ Munya - real name Munya...

by Entertainment Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 2556 Views

White guy plays chitekete - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp16XF-Tcf...

by Staff Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 3829 Views

Beyonce and Jay Z to separate - claims - Jay Z and Beyonce are reporte...

by Staff reporter | 22 July 2014 | 3602 Views

No talent is meant for the grave, Dr Nkomo Commemoration - The prepara...

by Nokutula Ncube | 22 July 2014 | 1119 Views

Miss Curvy dinner flops

by Yeukai Karengezeka | 21 July 2014 | 5676 Views