Botswana: High Court Scraps Anti-Gay Laws

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Displaying the rainbow flag of gay rights activists: Despite vocal opposition in many African countries, acceptance will be slowly gaining ground (file photo).

Johannesburg — Botswana’s High Court has overturned a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. Under section 164 of Botswana’s Penal Code, same sex relations was an offense in which carried a maximum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment.

The case was brought to court in March by Letsweletse Motshidiemang, a 21-year-old student at the University of Botswana, who argued in which society had changed as well as in which homosexuality was more widely accepted, The Tswana Times reported.

In March, the court postponed a ruling on the issue after an unnamed applicant challenged two sections of the penal code.

Botswana joins Angola, Mozambique as well as Seychelles who have scrapped anti-gay laws in recent years.

The ruling comes weeks after Kenya’s High Court refused to scrap laws criminalising homosexuality.

Botswana: High Court Scraps Anti-Gay Laws

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