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19 March 2021 - On 22 March 2021, the High Court of Botswana will hear a counter-application brought by the Ba-Ga-Malete Tribe, represented by Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, and the Gamalete Development Trust, against the Malete Land Board and the Attorney General. The application relates to a long-standing dispute between the…
Staff Writer
Mar 19, 2021
BotswanaEswatiniFocus areasMalawiNamibiaResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSex Worker RightsTanzaniaZambiaZimbabwe

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on sex workers in Southern Africa

In October 2020, SALC conducted a mapping exercise in some countries in the SADC region (Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on sex workers. The information reported is from conversations with eight activists working for sex worker organisations in seven Southern African…
Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2021
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaSOGIE Rights

SALC Journal Article: Decriminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual acts and the Botswana Constitution: Letsweletse Motshidiemang v The Attorney-General (LEGABIBO as amicus curiae)

In the African Human Rights Law Journal, SALC's Tashwill Esterhuizen, examines the recent judgment in Letsweletse Motshidiemang v The Attorney-General in which the High Court of Botswana decriminalised consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults. While many elements of the decision will have far-reaching implications for LGBT rights in Botswana and…
Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2020
BotswanaNewsSOGIE Rights

News Release: LEGABIBO is disappointed by the Attorney General’s Decision to Appeal the Unanimous Decision of the Botswana High Court to Decriminalise Consensual Adult Same-Sex Acts in Private

In a unanimous decision, on 11 June 2019, Justices A.B Tafa, M Leburu and J. Dube decriminalised same-sex sexual acts/conduct among consenting adults in private. Sections 164, 165 and 167 of Botswana’s Penal Code outlawed ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature,’ attempts to commit carnal knowledge…
Staff Writer
Sep 25, 2019
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaSOGIE Rights

SALC IN THE NEWS: Incremental gains and public activism pave the way for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct in Botswana

The Daily Maverick Incremental gains and public activism pave way the way for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct in Botswana By Tashwill Esterhuizen The recent Botswana court victory, which will bring enormous benefits to the LGBT community in Botswana and beyond, would not have been possible without the selfless work…
Staff Writer
Jun 13, 2019
BotswanaFocus areasJudgmentsSOGIE Rights

Botswana: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-Sex Sexual Relationships

In September 2016, a gay man, filed an application challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 165 of the Botswana Penal Code. These provisions criminalise same-sex sexual acts between consenting persons. The man seeks an order that the continued criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual relationships violates his constitutional rights,…