Election 2019: LGBTQ and human rights
In this series, we look at the manifestos and stances of political parties on certain key issues.
21 November 2019 | Politics
•Introduce laws to combat hate crimes against people based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or albinism.
•Finalise proposed legislation to prevent and combat hate crimes and prosecute offenders.
•Create safe and non-discriminatory environments at schools, public facilities and workplaces
• Accord equality to members of LGBTI community.
•Dialogue on identities and sexuality issues.
Landless People's Movement (LPM)
• LPM shall respect human rights and will not shy away from speaking out against human rights abuses.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM)
•Education programmes to address issues of corrective rape, and the establishment of a task team on LGBTIQ as a new area of focus.
Republican Party (RP)
•Christians have no right to judge anybody. All of us have the responsibility to love and respect one another, whether a person has “declared” themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender etc.
•However, without going into too much detail, the Bible is very clear that the “practicing” of the above-mentioned is wrong and sinful, to use a biblical term.
•Having stated the above, the Namibian Constitution is very clear on the issue of human rights and freedoms (Chapter 3), as well as the freedom from discrimination (Act 10) and the RP is in full support of both.
•The LGBTIQ community should enjoy the same freedoms enjoyed by other citizens.
•Religious views on sexuality and sexual orientation should not be subject to the discretion of the state, in terms of policy, but to the supreme law of the land, the constitution.
• Free adult choices and privacy. Sexual orientation is not the preserve of the state, but that of the individual.
•A progressive and enlightened state does not meddle or interfere with the constitutional freedoms.
•The state must ensure safeguarding of the provisions of the constitution that guarantee the freedom of individuals to choose and express themselves without discrimination or the loss of their democratic rights.
•Will strive to create an enabling environment for Namibians to enjoy their freedoms without discrimination, stigmatisation and marginalisation.