November 16, 2014 – Reported by the Christian Science Monitor – A Botswana judge overturned a ban on a gay rights lobbying group Friday, a rare victory for gay rights activists in the southern African country.
On a continent where gays and lesbians remain severely marginalized, the court’s decision could have widespread implications for Africa’s emerging gay rights movement. Progress remains slow, but the movement appears to be gaining momentum in small pockets across the continent.
Human Rights Watch called the ruling in Botswana a “groundbreaking decision” in a statement released Friday.
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“The court’s ruling is a significant victory for the LGBT community, not only in Botswana but elsewhere in Africa where LGBT groups have faced similar obstacles to registration,” said Monica Tabengwa, a LGBT researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Botswana High Court decision is a milestone in the fight for LGBT people’s right to equality under the law.”…