Botswana Joins List of African Countries Reviewing Gay Rights
Botswana's High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country, offering advocates a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights on a continent where homosexuality remains highly contentious. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in May.
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