Challenges to Refusal to Register Organisation

Fourteen individuals recently filed a case before the Botswana High Court, asking the court to review the decision by the Director of Civil and National Registration and the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs to refuse to register the organisation.

The Applicants are represented by Unity Dow, a well-known human rights lawyer and former High Court Judge.  The case is supported by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Botswana Network of Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA). The Respondent is the Attorney General, who acts on behalf of the State.

The Applicants seek judicial review of the decision to refuse to register LEGABIBO, on the basis that such refusal was irrational and illegal – The decision was illegal in so far as it transgressed the rights provisions in the Botswana Constitution


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