Victory for LGBT community in BOTSWANA

Supported by our Linking Organisation BONELA, the High Court in Gabarone has ruled that LGBT organisations have the right to registration.

The case – which was heard on 14 November - was brought by 10 individuals from the LGBT organisation, LEGABIBO which is hosted by BONELA.

They argued that the refusal by the government to register their organisation violated their constitutional rights, including their rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and equal protection of the law.

“We are overjoyed at the outcome of the case. Lesbians, gays and bisexuals have long strived to be able to form an organisation which can support them and be their voice on matters that affect them,” says Caine Youngman, LEGABIBO Coordinator. “It has been a long and arduous journey towards recognition and we are relieved that the court has protected our rights”.

“Botswana’s HIV/AIDS National Strategic Framework 2010-2016 seeks to ensure equal access to health and social support services for all people regardless of race, creed, religious or political affiliation, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. LEGABIBO intends to work with government to improve access to health services for LGBT persons, and this judgment enables them to do so,” says Cindy Kelemi from Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA).

More information here.