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
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.
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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