Botswana’s High Court Legalizes Homosexuality

Botswana’s High Court Rules Homosexuality Is Not A Crime

Botswana’s High Court has thrown out a colonial-era law that criminalized same-sex relations in a landmark ruling lauded by activists. People who broke the law had faced the threat of a seven-year prison sentence.

The case was brought by a young activist who said Botswana’s society had changed since sections of the country’s penal code were enacted, banning the “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.” On Tuesday, the court agreed.

“A democratic society is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open-mindedness,” Justice Michael Leburu said, according to CNN. Discussing the broad costs of discrimination, he added, “Societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity.”

The justices ruled that the law violated constitutional rights by denying dignity, liberty, privacy and equality to Botswana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

By | 2019-06-11T15:33:29+01:00 June 11th, 2019|Lifestyle, Romance|0 Comments

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