Botswana: New president acknowledges LGBTI people’s rights

The recently appointed President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has been applauded for publicly speaking out in support of LGBTI people.

Late last month, Masisi, who assumed office in April, launched the country’s 2018 commemorations of the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children, in the capital Gaborone.

Addressing the crowd, he called on society to remember all those victims and communities that are vulnerable to violence and abuse.

“There are also many people of same sex relationships in this country, who have been violated and have also suffered in silence for fear of being discriminated,” Masisi told the crowd. “Just like other citizens, they deserve to have their rights protected.”

The groundbreaking statement follows the recent sharing on social media of a video in which a transgender woman was beaten and abused by a mob in Gaborone. Read more via Mamba