The grassroots Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has been banned by the Zimbabwean government from attending a United Nations (UN) human rights workshop.

The workshop which started in Kariba on thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

Fambai Ngirande from GALZ said “We are concerned and have raised a complaint that we must be allowed to enjoy freedom of association as any other individuals do” reports Zimonline

Ngirande called the exclusion of GALZ “an abrogation of their rights” .

The administration of President Robert Mugabe is well-known for its anti-homosexual stance. Mr Mugabe has previously described gay people as worse than “dogs and pigs”, has warned against the dangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prison sentences.