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Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexuality

HeadlineJun 12, 2019

In Botswana, LGBTQ and human rights advocates celebrated Tuesday as the country overturned long-standing laws that criminalized same-sex relations. The historic ruling came after a 21-year-old student brought a case against the colonial-era law, under which anyone found guilty of committing homosexual acts could face up to seven years behind bars. A statement by the advocacy group Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana said, “Not only does [the decision] provide legal affirmation and recognition of the rights of LGBTIQ persons, but it allows an important space for addressing public health issues more efficiently. We can finally start building a more tolerant society.”

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