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News Release: Disappointment and hope as same-sex couples are compelled to approach the Namibia Supreme Court for justice

Windhoek, 20 January 2022 – Today, a three-panel bench of the Namibia High Court dismissed two applications that challenged the denial of immigration status to non-Namibian spouses. In both matters, the couples had entered valid legal partnerships outside of Namibia, but their relationships were not recognised for immigration purposes because…
Staff Writer
20 Jan 2022
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationNewsZambia

News Release: Prosection finally withdraws charges against Zambian youth activist for defaming President

Johannesburg, 19 January 2022 – On 18 January 2022, the Kitwe Subordinate Court was due to continue the trial of youth activist Lawrence Kasonde. Kasonde was arrested on 24 November 2020 for allegedly defaming former President Edgar Lungu. Instead, the prosecution applied for the accused to be discharged per section…
Staff Writer
19 Jan 2022
BotswanaNewsSOGIE Rights


29 November 2021, Gaborone – Today, the Botswana Court of Appeal, through Judge President Ian Kirby, issued a monumental judgment to decriminalise consensual sex between same-sex partners. In a unanimous decision, Justices Kirby, Ranowane, Lesetedi, Gaongalelwe and Garekwe, found that the Penal Code provisions violated the right to privacy (section…
Thabo Buthelezi
29 Nov 2021
Children's RightsMalawiNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

News Release: Malawi Constitutional Court to hear challenge to use of defilement offence against adolescents engaging in consensual sex

Blantyre, 29 October 2021 - The Chief Justice, Honourable Justice A.K.C. Nyirenda has certified as a constitutional matter, the case of AJ v State, in which a 15-year old boy was charged with the offence of defilement for having a consensual sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl. The…
Staff Writer
29 Oct 2021