CHRR Pushes For Rights Of LGBTQI Community

CHRR Pushes For Rights Of LGBTQI Community

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has asked government to take immediate steps to ensure that LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers are protected from discrimination, persecution and violence.

In a statement issued on Tuesday signed by CHRR Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa, the organization says the plea follows the relocation of some asylum seekers and refugees to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa district.

"Government need to take immediate steps to ensure that LGBTQI asylum seekers and those with HIV feel safe enough to self-identify while seeking relevant services," Kaiyatsa added.

Meanwhile Principal Secretary in the ministry of homeland security Oliver Kumbambe has however told Zodiak Online that all refugees are protected using similar laws and there is no special consideration for certain groupings.

"We have not received any official report from CHRR officials on the abuse of LGBTQI community due to identity and sexual orientation at Dzaleka but will act once served with relevant information," Kumbambe said.

Refugees living in rural areas were given until 30 November 2022 and those living in urban locations until 1 February 2023 to relocate to Dzaleka camp.

Some 8,000 refugees living in rural and urban locations are expected to return to the camp, which presently accommodates over 50, 000 refugees following the government's directive.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 03/01/2023

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