Botswana High Court decriminalises homosexuality; cites India’s Navtej Johar
JUST a month after Kenya’s High Court upheld its laws criminalizing homosexuality, the Botswana High Court, in a landmark judgement, has decriminalised homosexuality and declared Section 164 of Botswana’s Penal Code, which criminalises same-sex sexual conduct, as unconstitutional and against the public interest.
“Botswana’s High Court #Repeal164 decision to decriminalise same-sex relations amongst consenting adults is a very important step forward for equality,” says the United Nations #IESOGI My mind is with the courageous people of Botswana and its vibrant civil society as its High Court has decided to decriminalise same-sex relations.
“Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized,” Justice M Leburu said, while delivering the judgement on behalf of a three-judge bench of the High Court of Botswana. The court cited the Indian Supreme Court’s judgement in Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. Versus Union Of India to upholds the privacy, dignity and equality of homosexuals in the country.
Source : The Leaflet