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    October 07, 2015

    Botswana’s authorities must lift the suspension of four High Court judges unfairly targeted if the independence of the judiciary is to be preserved, said Amnesty International and SADC Lawyers’ Association today following a High Court decision yesterday not to reinstate them.

    The judges, Key Dingake, Mercy Thebe, Rainer Busanang and Modiri Letsididi were suspended on 28 August 2015 under Section 97 of the Botswana Constitution for alleged misconduct and bringing the judiciary into disrepute. This followed a petition signed by 12 judges, including the suspended four, calling for the impeachment of Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo.

    November 14, 2014

    The High Court judgment overturning Botswana’s Department of Labour and Home Affairs’ refusal to register an organization representing the rights of LGBTI people is a triumph for justice and a victory over state homophobia, said Amnesty International today.

    Lesbian, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) brought the case against the government arguing that the refusal to register their organization violated their constitutional rights, including their rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and equal protection of the law.

    “This High Court ruling is a triumph for justice and a victory over state homophobia. It re-affirms the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Botswana to organize and advocate for their human rights without being subjected to unfair treatment,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for the Southern African region.

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