March 17, 2016 at 7:54 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Botswana’s highest court rules LGBT group can register

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, gay news, Washington Blade

Members of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana on Jan. 15, 2016, gather outside the Botswana Court of Appeals. (Photo courtesy of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana)

Botswana’s highest court on Wednesday ruled that an LGBT advocacy group can register with the country’s government.

Reuters reported Judge Ian Kirby, president of the Botswana Court of Appeals, upheld a lower court’s 2014 ruling that said Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana should be allowed to register.

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana have been trying to register with the Botswanan government for more than a decade. Wednesday’s ruling comes nearly two months after the Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in their case.

“The win gives us hope, faith and belief in Botswana’s legal system,” said Caine Youngman of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana on Wednesday in a press release. “It has been a very long and exhausting 11 years since we first started the journey to have our organization registered.”

LGBT rights advocates across Africa also celebrated the ruling.

Richard Lusimbo of Sexual Minorities Uganda also congratulated Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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