Zimbabwe

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12th UPR session
Date of review: 10 October 2011
Date of report adoption: March 2012
Working Group report: A/HRC/19/14

Summary

Recommendations: Decriminalise as soon as possible sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex and repeal the 2006 law.

Response: Rejected.

I. Key issues/recommendations identified by NGOs

  • Bring legislation in line with international standards by ensuring the repeal of all provisions that may be used to criminalize consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex.

II. Excerpts from input reports
Compilation of UN information

II. Promotion and protection of human rights on the ground
B. Implementation of international human rights obligations, taking into account applicable international humanitarian law
4. Right to privacy, marriage and family life

30. UNCT noted that the Constitution was silent on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. HR Committee noted with concern that homosexuals were subjected to discrimination.

Summary of stakeholders’ information

II. Promotion and protection of human rights on the ground
B. Implementation of international human rights obligations, taking into account applicable international humanitarian law

1. Equality and non-discrimination

19. According to ZHRO, another area of concern is the continued discrimination of sexual minorities. ZHRO recommended that non-discrimination provisions in the Constitution be absolute and fully implemented as they relate to sex, race, origin and other grounds with no limitations.

2. Right to life, liberty and security of the person

28. IBAHRI reported that arrest and detention of gay-rights activists are politically motivated.

4. Right to privacy, marriage and family life

44. ARC International, ILGA and ILGA-Europe recommended that the Human Rights Council urge Zimbabwe to bring its legislation into conformity with its commitment to equality and non-discrimination, and its international human rights obligations, by repealing all provisions which may be applied to criminalize sexual activity between consenting adults

IV. Conclusions and/or recommendations
95. The recommendations below did not enjoy the support of Zimbabwe:

95.17. Ensure equality between men and women, including in parents’ rights and property rights as well as decriminalise as soon as possible sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex and repeal the 2006 law (France).

V. Adoption of the Report
The report of the Working Group was adopted at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2012. There were no SOGI references.

VI. Further information
UPR Documentation

National report 1 :   ACE | FR | S
Compilation of UN information 2 :   AC | E | FR | S
Summary of stakeholders’ information 3 :   AC | E | FR | S
Questions submitted in advance :   E
Addendum 1 :  E
Addendum 2 :  E
Addendum 3 :  E
Addendum 4 :  E

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