video World LGBT Rights Group Wins Landmark Case In Botswana

Published: November 14, 2014

J. Lester Feder
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A court in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, ruled on Friday that the government cannot refuse to register the LGBT organization known as LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana).

This is the culmination of a 10-year battle in the Southern African country, where LEGABIBO’s fundraising and other activities have been hindered by its inability to get official sanction to operate. A written copy of the judgement was not immediately available, but LEGABIBO’s coordinator, Caine Youngman, said the group was “overjoyed at the outcome of the case.”

“Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals have long strived to be able to form an organisation which can support them and be their voice on matters that affect them,” Youngman told reporters in Botswana. “It has been a long and arduous journey towards recognition and we are relieved that the court has protected our rights.”

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