Botswana decriminalises homosexuality

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Botswana has decriminalised homosexuality. The country’s High Court overturned a colonial-era law which punished homosexual conduct by up to seven years in prison. The decriminalisation now places Botswana among a minority list of African countries where homosexuality is not punishable by law.

Botswana has decriminalised
homosexuality. The country’s High Court overturned a colonial-era law
which punished homosexual conduct by up to seven years in prison. The
decriminalisation has been welcomed and seen as a major victory for gay
rights campaigners in Africa.

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The decriminalisation now places Botswana among a minority group of African countries where homosexuality is not punishable by law. Homosexuality is criminalised in many parts of Africa, and LGBTI people struggle to live a life of visibility and freedoms. Same-sex relations are reportedly illegal in 32 of the 54 African countries.

Here are African countries that have removed bans on same-sex relations in recent years.

  1. The Seychelles: The
    Indian Ocean island state decriminalised consensual gay sex in 2016,
    after parliament voted to amend a penal code, which outlawed gay sexual
    activity. Prior to the vote, homosexuality was a crime punishable by up
    to 14 years in prison.

  2. Mozambique: In July
    2015 Mozambique scrapped a colonial law, which prohibited homosexuality
    in the country. The penal code criminalised “vices against nature”.
    Homosexuality-related acts were punishable by up to three years of hard
    labour.

  3. Angola: On 23 January
    2019 the Angolan parliament adopted its first new penal code since it
    gained independence from Portugal in 1975, removing the “vices against
    nature” provision inherited from its colonisers.

  4. Lesotho: In 2012 the Kingdom of Lesotho  legalised homosexuality, which had been criminalised in 1939.

  5. São Tomé and Principe: same-sex sexual activity is legal under the Penal Code of São Tomé and Príncipe, which took effect in November 2012.

  6. Cape Verde: In 2004, Cape Verde amended its Penal Code to remove all provisions relating to consensual homosexual sex.

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Source : Africanews

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