Smith Demands EU Action On Zimbabwe

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has pressed the EU to condemn homophobic attacks in Zimbabwe.

In a letter to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton, Mr Smith highlighted the harassment of a minority rights charity in the country by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), with repeated raids, beatings and arrests, imprisonment without charge, the breaching of citizens' constitutional rights and the seizure of documents and computer equipment.
Mr Smith said the Government’s actions against GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe), which agitates for the rights of the LGBT community, violate Zimbabwe’s obligations under the African Charter of Human Rights.
Alyn, who is a Director of LGBT Youth Scotland, said:

“There is deeply troubling reports emerging from Zimbabwe and the European Union must be quick to step up the pressure on Mr Mugabe’s government to halt this persecution of LGBT people in the country.
 
“I have written to High Representative Ashton today urging her to come down harshly on Zimbabwe and to make it clear that these sort of government actions must be brought swiftly to an end.
 
“Robert Mugabe’s regime is continuing to be one of the most ghastly in the world, consistently betraying human rights and defying democracy, his government thugs seem to act with impunity and to indulge their own gross prejudices right across Zimbabwean society.  Minorities need protection from oppressive governments and the EU has a moral duty to act.”