MEDIA ADVISORY: BOTSWANA HIGH COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER LESBIANS AND GAYS CAN REGISTER OWN ORGANISATION

Salc : Staff Writer

Gaborone – On 14 November, the Gaborone High Court will deliver judgment in a case concerning the Department of Labour and Home Affairs’ refusal to register the organisation Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). The case was brought by 20 individuals who wish to register a local organisation.

Freedom of expression and association is protected in the Botswana Constitution as well as regional and international human rights instruments.

What: The Botswana High Court will deliver judgment in Rammoge and Others v the Attorney-General, a case about the right to form an organisation which campaigns for the rights of lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

Where: High Court, Gaborone, Botswana

When: 09:30am, Friday 14 November 2014

“The outcome of the case will be critical as it will show the extent to which the court is willing ensure equal protection of the law to lesbian, gay and bisexual persons, including the recognition of our right to freedom of association,” says Caine Youngman, one of the persons who is seeking to register LEGABIBO.

For more information:

Caine Youngman, LEGABIBO Coordinator at BONELA: Tel: +267 393 2516;E-mail: legabibocoordinator@bonela.org

Anneke Meerkotter, Southern Africa Litigation Centre: Tel: + 27 10 596 8538; E-mail: annekem@salc.org.za

For background information on the case: https://www.southernafricalitigationcentre.org/cases/ongoing-cases/botswana-high-court-challenge-to-refusal-to-register-lgbt-organisation/

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