Human Rights

Botswana recognizes LGBTQ rights, leading the way in southern Africa

The High Court of Botswana determined its old law was discriminatory and unconstitutional. Image: REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Marc Epprecht

Professor of Global Development Studies, Queen's University, Ontario

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In this May 2010 photo, women protest against a sentence of 14 years in prison, with hard labour, given to two men in Malawi under Malawi’s anti-gay legislation, in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Image: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

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Activists celebrate inside the High Court in Gaborone on June 11, 2019 after Botswana became the latest country to recognize LGBTQ human rights. Image: AP Photo

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