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Botswana: Decriminalisation of consensual same-sex relations welcomed

Botswana's High Court has ruled in favour of decriminalising consensual same-sex relations. Responding to the ruling, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, said: “Today’s court judgement sends a strong message that no one should be harassed, discriminated against or criminalised because of their sexual orientation. With this ruling, Botswana has said ‘no’ to intolerance and hate and ‘yes’ to hope and equality for all people. “For far too long, people entering same-sex relationships in Botswana were discriminated against by the very same laws that are

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Landmark legal ruling says South Africa cannot deport people at risk of death penalty

A ruling by South Africa’s highest court has confirmed that the deportation of two individuals to Botswana cannot go ahead because if deported they face a real risk of the death penalty in what Amnesty International has hailed as a “principled stance”. In a key moment in South African law, the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg earlier today rejected an appeal brought by the government against an earlier ruling that any transfer of Jerry Phale and Emmanuel Tsebe to Botswana without prior assurances that the death penalty would not be applied, would be unlawful. During the ruling Acting

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Mar 22 2010 9:19AM
Too dry in Botswana

On World Water Day many people in the world are suffering from lack of access to water. Survival International reminds us of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen in Botswana who have been suffering this for eight years. In 2002 the Botswana...

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