Happy Independence Botswana

botswana_may_persecute_gays_and_sex_workers_in_new_HIV_plan1As Botswana celebrates its 49th year of independence, LEGABIBO would like to take this opportunity to wish every Motswana a happy and safe independence day. Botswana has come a long way to being one of the worlds leading diamond exporters and the poster child for good governance in Africa. It often leads in being the least corrupt country in Africa. However, there still seems to be a lot of impediments that seems to hinder the progressions of the state; HIV/Aids, poverty, the current water and power crises that the country is currently facing.

The LGBTI community are still not free to express their love and be affirmative. There still seems to be a high rate of homophobia and homophobic attacks in the country. There still are leaders who use their power to oppress the minority and deny them their rights.

Gays and lesbians in Botswana however appear surprisingly emboldened, coming out to announce their sexual preferences in public. More liberal views about LGBTI rights have been heard from some of the top religious and political figures in Botswana and to crown it all, Botswana LGBTIs have mustered the courage to challenge laws outlawing same sex relationships in court. LGBTI rights organisation have also won the case against the Botswana government to register the organisation. The government however filed an appeal early this year. These are just some of the small progress that have been made in the LGBTI community in Botswana. As Botswana celebrates democracy, fairness and equality of all its citizens the underlining fact still remain. One day in the near future we all can truly celebrate together.

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