Gay in Zambia: mob justice, jail until May 22 trial


Human rights activists in Zambia reported today that two men arrested for homosexuality have been sent to jail pending trial on May 22.

[That date is a correction from the activists’ previous report on the incident, which said the trial was not scheduled until May 2014.]

After investigating the incident, the activists also concluded that two men  were subjected to “inhumane and degrading” treatment by police after they were seized by a mob and hauled to the local police station in rural Zambia.

The activists’ account of the arrests differs substantially from what the Zambian government news service reported earlier this week. Among the differences: a week-long detention without any formal charges brought against the accused, mob justice, and multiple forced medical examinations. Also, the men were reportedly re-arrested after they were found drinking together in a local bar, not after they were caught “again engaging in the act which…

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About Mercy

Mercy is a public health and humanitarian practitioner, strategist and community educator and mobilizer, blogger, HIV/AIDS and Social Justice/Human Rights Activist who is courageously advocating for the Dignity, Health Equity and non-discrimination of all Marginalized and Vulnerable Social Groups by fighting the prevalent HIV, the widespread Homophobia and other forms of socio-economic exclusions/injustice in Ethiopia. He is also the co-founder and director of the pioneer; Rainbow-Ethiopia Health and Human Rights Initiative, the one and only LGBTI Health and Human rights organization in Ethiopia Please feel free to Contact him at: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on May 8, 2013, in African LGBTI News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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