Botswana’s battle to decriminalise same-sex relations took 20 years: Activist

Activists celebrate outside the high court in Botswana.
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Human Rights Lawyer and activist who also sits on the board of the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, Pearl Magashula says the battle to decriminalise same-sex relations took 20 years.

The High Court in Botswana ruled on Tuesday that laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations were unconstitutional.

The court in Letsweletse Motshidiemang v. State found in a unanimous decision that Botswana’s “sodomy laws” violate privacy, liberty, and dignity; are discriminatory; and serve no public interest.

LGBT activists throughout Africa met the ruling with an outpouring of joy.

Speaking on SAfm’s Sunrise, Magashula says there are mixed reactions from the country’s citizens to the ruling.

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