Zimbabwe: Protecting marginalised groups’ right to assembly

Salc : Anneke Meerkotter

On 28 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe set aside the decision of the High Court of Zimbabwe, in which the High Court refused the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo the right to hold a peaceful demonstration. The purpose of the peaceful demonstration was to create public awareness of ongoing violence and abuse faced by sex workers.

The Sexual Rights Centre is a national human rights organisation based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe which promotes and encourages openness and tolerance in order to address stigma and discrimination affecting vulnerable and marginalised persons.

In December 2015, the Police Commissioner of Bulawayo refused permission for the SRC to hold a march to observe the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers which takes place annually on 17 December 2017.