Botswana High Court decriminalises gay sex

Botswana High Court decriminalises gay sex
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Posted on 12 Jun 2019

Botswana has joined its neighbour Angola in decriminalising gay sex.


In a landmark victory for LGBT+ rights campaigners, the country’s High Court has scrapped the longstanding Section 164 of the Botswana penal code, which punishes anal and oral sex by up to seven years in prison. 

Neighbouring Angola decriminalised gay sex in January. 


By contrast, in March, Kenya decided to maintain its position that homosexual acts are illegal.

Reading out the Botswana High Court judgment, Judge Lebaru said: “A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open mindedness… societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity.”


His statement further read: “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised.” 

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