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Botswana: High Court Strikes Down Sodomy Laws

Expand © 2014 LEGABIBO (Johannesburg) – The High Court in Botswana ruled on June 11, 2019 that laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations were unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling upheld the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The court in Letsweletse Motshidiemang v. State found in a unanimous decision that Botswana’s “sodomy laws” violate privacy, liberty, and dignity; are discriminatory; and serve no public interest. LGBT activists throughout Africa met the ruling with an outpouring of joy. The ruling is subject to…

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