LGBT rights in Botswana

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LGBT rights in Botswana
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal[1]
Up to 7 years imprisonment[1]
Gender identity/expression -

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Botswana face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Both female and male same-sex sexual acts are illegal in Botswana.

Laws against homosexuality

According to chapter 08:01 of the penal code:

Although homosexual acts are illegal, prosecution of such acts is rare.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Same-sex couples have no legal recognition.

Discrimination protections

There is no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Living conditions

Homosexuality is taboo in traditional Botswana culture. It is commonly seen as a western, non-African issue.[2]

Botswana's primary LGBT rights organization is Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). It has no official recognition from the government—and because it is not a registered organization, it cannot legally raise funds. A spokesman from the organization said, “the government has stated that it will refuse to register our organization because to do so would be tantamount to registering an organization of criminals."[2]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mookodi, Godisang. "Botswana", Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 

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