Major Victory For Botswana Gays And Lesbians

Published: November 14, 2014

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Today, the Gaborone High Court ruled that the government must register the group LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana).

This comes after it was refused registration by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in 2012 because the ministry claimed that Botswana’s Constitution does not recognise homosexuals.

It also argued that it could not register any group that “is likely to be used for any unlawful purpose or any purpose prejudicial to or incompatible with peace, welfare or good order in Botswana.”

The case was brought by 20 individuals who argued that the refusal to register their organisation violated their constitutional rights, including their rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and equal protection of the law.

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