Gays take govt to court

A group of 20 lesbians, gays and bisexuals have taken government to the High Court over the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA), Edwin Batshu's decision not to register their association. This is the second rejection for the association.

In court papers presented before Justice Terrence Rannowane, the applicants averred that they have formed an intention to assemble and associate under the name Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) and they had already developed a constitution governing and regulating an association.They want the court to declare the decision of the MLHA to refuse the second attempt at registering LEGABIBO to be in contravention of Section 3 of the constitution in so far as the said decision denies the applicants equal protection of the law.

They further want the courts to declare an earlier decision taken by the then Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Peter Siele, to be in contravention of Section 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of Botswana in so far as the said decision has the effect of hindering the applicants in their enjoyment of their freedom of expression. The applicants also want the decision to be in contravention of Section 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of Botswana in so far as the said decision has the effect of hindering the applicants in their enjoyment of their freedom to assemble and associate.

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