Tag Archive | Botswana

Botswana: Seeking to overturn court pro-LGBT ruling

Botswana: Seeking to overturn court pro-LGBT ruling

(Reuters) – Botswana’s government will appeal a high court ruling which decriminalised homosexuality, potentially resuscitating a law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. The court’s ruling in June, which was praised by international organisations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of African countries that have legalised same-sex relationships. Attorney […]

Botswana: High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Botswana: High Court decriminalises homosexuality

(Reuters) – Botswana decriminalised homosexuality on Tuesday, with the High Court overturning a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries worldwide; almost half of them in Africa, where homosexuality is broadly taboo and persecution is rife. “Discrimination has no place […]

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Empowering LGBTI Youth: Uniting for an Inclusive Future was the theme of the 4th Regional Conference of Pan Africa PAI, the federation of African LGBTI organisations. Over two days, more than 250 LGBTI activists and supporters from over 30 African countries met in Botswana. Opened by UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, […]

Botswana: Victory In High Court for LEGABIBO To Register LGBT Organisation

Botswana: Victory In High Court for LEGABIBO To Register LGBT Organisation

Today, the Gaborone High Court delivered its judgment, in a case concerning the Department of Labour and Home Affairs’ refusal to register LEGABIBO, an LGBT organisation. The case was brought by 20 LGBT people, who argued that the refusal to register their organisation violated their constitutional rights, including their rights to freedom of association, freedom […]