Gay rights vic­tory in Botswana

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BOTSWANA’S labour and home af­fairs min­is­ter yes­ter­day said he was still con­sid­er­ing whether to ap­peal a high court rul­ing that Les­bians, Gays and Bi­sex­u­als of Botswana (Le­gabibo) can reg­is­ter as an or­gan­i­sa­tion. “I am still study­ing the judg­ment be­fore I can take any decision,” Min­is­ter Ed­win Bat­shu told a Sapa cor­re­spon­dent. On Fri­day, Judge Ter­rence Ran­nowane ruled that Le­gabibo could reg­is­ter as an or­gan­i­sa­tion. The Labour Min­istry and the Regis­trar of So­ci­eties had re­fused to let the or­gan­i­sa­tion reg­is­ter. Judge Ran­nowane ruled the re­fusal to be un­law­ful. Hand­ing down judg­ment on Fri­day, he said he had ex­am­ined the ob­jec­tives of Le­gabibo “with a view of find­ing out if any of them of­fends the So­ci­ety’s Act”. He con­cluded this was not the case. – Sapa

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