Breaking News

UK Says Bulawayo is More Tolerant To Homosexuals

by Ndou Paul
15 February 2012 | 4514 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

Is Itai Dzamara eyeing the US Green Card?

Yes
16.39%
No
78.15%
Not sure
5.46%
238

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Muchinguri confirms Grace Mugabe is abroad for treatment - Zanu-PF pol...

by Staff reporter | 27 March 2015 | 7 Views

Mutasa, Mliswa cry foul over lost seats - Former Zanu-PF secretary for...

by Staff reporter | 27 March 2015 | 28 Views

Prof Jonathan Moyo outraged as Econet raids news agency

by Staff reporter | 27 March 2015 | 363 Views

Daily News editors fired for moonlighting - ASSOCIATED Newspapers of Z...

by Nyemudzai Kakore | 27 March 2015 | 317 Views

Brainworks withdraws $20m Telecel offer after rights offer close - Bra...

by Staff reporter | 27 March 2015 | 165 Views

Man-beating wives 'escape punishment' - POLICE are biased against men ...

by Marvelous Moyo | 27 March 2015 | 441 Views

Mugabe returns home from Algeria - President Mugabe returned home yest...

by Hebert Zharare | 27 March 2015 | 484 Views

Mugabe backs Mudenda - President Mugabe said former Zanu-PF secretary ...

by Daniel Nemukuyu | 27 March 2015 | 514 Views

Nikuv swap by-election voters roll days before voting start - it is th...

by Wilbert Mukori | 27 March 2015 | 659 Views

Vic Falls renames streets after Mugabe/Nkomo - The resort town of Vict...

by Staff Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1213 Views

Woman bashes beer loving hubby - A Bulawayo woman set upon her husband...

by Staff Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1804 Views

Suspect sues 'biased' magistrate - In what could be a legal first, a G...

by Staff Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1681 Views

'Leave Grace Alone' - Muchinguri - One of the architects behind the sa...

by Staff Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 3535 Views

Land Rover Debuts 2016 Range Rover Sport With New 280Kw Hst Version

by Tech Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1995 Views

Mujuru ditched by family lawyer - Dr Joice Mujuru has been ditched by ...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 4584 Views

Air Zimbabwe keen to expand routes - Air Zimbabwe said on Thursday it ...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1115 Views

Man axed by double crossing girl's uncle - A man who intervened when t...

by Stephen Jakes | 26 March 2015 | 3413 Views

Econet Wireless clamps down on Zimbabwe media freedom? - ZIMBABWE bus...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 2398 Views

Mass protests planners threatened - Zanu-PF Secretary for Administrati...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 2812 Views

'Mugabe consults witch doctors' - Despite his public statements denigr...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 3930 Views

Zim woman killed in drink driving crash in the US - A 26-YEAR-OLD Zimb...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1760 Views

Company director gets 1050 hrs community service for forgery and thef...

by Stephen Jakes | 26 March 2015 | 1586 Views

As the gods speak to MDC-T - Just how long will it take for the MDC-T ...

by Caitlin Kamba | 26 March 2015 | 1610 Views

Zanu PF will rule forever because of MDC's 'detrimental decision' - re...

by Wilbert Mukori | 26 March 2015 | 1117 Views

Reuters affiliated media house raided in Zimbabwe - THE Deputy Sheriff...

by Staff Reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1023 Views

MDC-T statement on the streamlining of the bloated Civil Service - G...

by Obert Chaurura Gutu | 26 March 2015 | 1707 Views

Confusion reigns in MDC-T - The nation is facing a series of by-electi...

by Tafara Shumba | 26 March 2015 | 1696 Views

Entertainment

Mutodi praises Mnangagwa in new song - Flamboyant sungura musician-cu...

by Staff reporter | 26 March 2015 | 1615 Views

Tuku teams up with Bra Hugh for Cape Town Jazz Festival - The 16th Cap...

by Arts reporter | 26 March 2015 | 479 Views

ZimOnline Radio sponsoring the ZimCup Clash trophies - ZimOnline Radio...

by Staff Reporter | 25 March 2015 | 990 Views

Kwaito legend dies

by Staff reporter | 25 March 2015 | 5807 Views

DJ Sbu in Forbes cover scandal

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2015 | 5006 Views

DStv to cut off SA subscriptions - Multichoice intends to cut off Digi...

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2015 | 8353 Views

Film, TV and Radio Drama Script Writing and Pitching Workshop in Byo -...

by Bongani Ncube | 21 March 2015 | 3830 Views

Wrangle over Chimbetu estate - Dendera musician Allan Chimbetu is unde...

by Godwin Muzari | 20 March 2015 | 3397 Views
iBlog

Four In 10 Americans Face Regular Online Fraud Attacks

Microsoft offers four primary tips to help protect users from identity theft:• be selfish and defensive with personal information by not sharing sensitive details in emails, and instant and text messages• create, use and keep secret so-called “... Read More
SecNews 24 October 2014 ago

Obviously, Windows Xp Has Nothing More To Offer

With no support from the manufacturer, windows xp no longer receives antivirus updates, which provoked an increase in the number of attacks on xp users. according to avast company, windows xp systems are attacked 6 times more often than the devices r... Read More
Sergey 12 June 2014 ago