CPS calls for recognition and respect for LGBTQI+ rights

Communist Party of Swaziland

Thursday 23 December 2021:- The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has once again reiterated its solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community as they continue to fight for recognition and respect for their rights, for the end of attacks on the LGBTQI+ community.

This position was reiterated on Wednesday during the ongoing CPS Summer School held from Friday 17 December. Delegates to the CPS Summer School emphasised on the need to fully declare LGBTQI+ rights as human rights.

The Summer School went on to task Communist cadres to defend and champion the rights of the LGBTQI+ community and ensure that they, like all members of society, are treated fairly and enjoy all rights without prejudice.

CPS General Secretary, Comrade Thokozane Kenneth Kunene, cautioned delegates against classifying the LGBTQI+ community as a group separate and distinct from the rest of society.

“Though they face various forms of attacks daily, it is important to understand that LGBTQI+ people are part of the human race, just like men, women, children, and all others”, said the General Secretary.

“LGBTQI+ people are a part of us, and we are a part of them. They are members of our families, our Party and the broader community. They also make their contribution to the struggle for democracy”, added the General Secretary.

The LGBTQI+ community thus forms a part of the oppressed and exploited who must be emancipated from the Mswati tyranny. That can only be achieved when the people unite for a common cause under the “Democracy Now” campaign.

During discussions, delegates submitted that as we advance towards democracy, it is imperative that all the oppressed people of Swaziland, across the various classes, groups, and strata, be united and organised to gear-up towards achieving total democracy.

Some of the delegates came out to declare that they were not well educated about LGBTQI+ rights. Participating in the CPS Summer School helped to awaken them to a reality that has been going on before them for a long time.

Delegates to the CPS Summer School agreed that comrades must continuously upgrade their knowledge on LGBTQI+ rights, and all other people’s rights, generally. The struggle that the people of Swaziland are waging demands that everyone unites to overthrow the Mswati regime.

The people’s struggles necessitate the equal participation of the LGBTQI+ community, among other groups, in the trenches to dismantle the autocracy! Forming alliances with formations of the LGBTQI+ community will help the CPS in organising them to join the struggle for Democracy Now.

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