Tag: Botswana

Poachers Are Invading Botswana, Last Refuge of African Elephants

In September, conservationists in Botswana discovered 87 dead elephants, their faces hacked off and tusks missing. Poaching, the researchers warned, was on the rise. The news had international repercussions. Botswana had been one of the last great elephant refuges, largely spared the poaching crisis that has swept through much of Africa over the past decade. […]

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A Win for Gay Rights in Botswana Is a ‘Step Against the Current’ in Africa

In a momentous case that prompted celebration among gay people and civil rights activists around the continent of Africa, Botswana’s High Court overturned laws on Tuesday that criminalized homosexuality. Yet the ruling was delivered only weeks after the High Court of Kenya upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, underscoring the wide differences in how L.B.G.T. […]

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Botswana’s High Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

CAPE TOWN — Botswana’s High Court ruled on Tuesday to overturn colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality, a decision hailed by activists as a significant step for gay rights on the African continent. “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized,” Judge Michael Leburu said as he delivered the judgment, adding that laws that banned […]

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