Botswana: Gays return to court to fight government discrimination

LGBT rights group LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana) will return to court this month to oppose a government move to overturn a historic legal victory.

In November 2014, the Gaborone High Court ruled that the government must register LEGABIBO as an NGO after repeatedly refusing to do so. The court found that the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs’ discriminatory action was unconstitutional.

The government appealed the ruling and the case is now set to be heard again in the Gaborone High Court of Appeal on 15 January. The authorities argue that they should not have to register the organisation because Botswana’s Constitution does not recognise homosexuals.  Read more via Mamba Online

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