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News Release: Botswana High Court sets Hearing Date on Constitutionality of Offences which Criminalise Consensual same-sex Sexual Activities

A full bench of the Botswana High Court, sitting before the Honourable Judge A.B Tafa, the Honourable Judge M. Leburu and the Honourable Judge J. Dube has ordered that the hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code be heard on 14 March 2019.…
Staff Writer
6 Dec 2018
Articles and OpinionsBlogBotswanaSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Botswana Court Decision amounts to a Step in the Right Direction in ensuring the Protection of women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The recent decision of the Botswana Court of Appeal in the case of  GMJ v Attorney General clarifying the limits of the law regarding the  prescription of  medical negligence claims, is an important decision, not only in general, but as far as women’s rights are concerned. Women who approach health…
Tambudzai Gonese
31 Oct 2018
BotswanaChildren's RightsNews

News Release: Botswana court recognises a child’s right to a name and nationality and compels authorities to issue a birth certificate 17 years after the birth of the child

On 10th August 2018, the Botswana High Court agreed to a consent order in a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of a child born to a Botswana father. This refusal was…
Staff Writer
15 Aug 2018
BotswanaNewsSOGIE Rights

Media Advisory: Botswana – High Court Hearing: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-sex Sexual Relationships

Gaborone, Botswana – On Thursday, 31 May 2018, the Gaborone High Court will hear a case in which the constitutionality of the provisions that criminalise same-sex sexual acts between consenting persons will be challenged. The Applicant seeks an order that continued criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual relationships violates his basic…
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoNews


Published by AfricanLII on 28 May 2018 In this opinion piece, Anneke Meerkotter, Litigation Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), discusses a recent High Court of Lesotho (sitting as a Constitutional Court) judgment which declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional. She takes the opportunity to also reflect more generally…
BotswanaResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSOGIE Rights

Research Report: The impact of laws criminalising same-sex relationships in Botswana

In commemoration of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May), Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), the UNDP and Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa is launching a booklet entitled: "The law needs to change, we want to be free" - The…