‘Intolerance, hate speech on the rise’
“Zimbabwe has a dark history of violence and human rights violations which have been a result of intolerance, hate, and discrimination along racial, political, and ethnic lines. It is therefore deeply disturbing for the NTJWG that politicians and senior government officials, including the president, have recently been at the forefront in using hate speech and demonstrating intolerance for divergent views.”
“Such dialogue is key to ensuring non-recurrence of atrocities such as Gukurahundi which came about as a result of the culture of intolerance and hate,” the transitional justice organisation said.
“In keeping with the tenets of democracy, the Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of expression in section 61. However, section 61 goes on to state that freedom of expression and freedom of the media exclude advocacy ofhatred or hate speech.“Therefore, while all people may freely express themselves in Zimbabwe they are not free to do so in a manner that advocates for hatred. The NTJWG finds the use of hate speech and inflammatory language to be deeply antagonistic to all forms of criticism and it shows a high level of intolerance which should be condemned,” NTJWG added.