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Botswana: Highest Court Rules Government Must Register Gay Rights Advocacy Group

(Mar. 29, 2016) In a unanimous decision on March 16, 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, the highest court in the country, upheld a 2014 High Court ruling that found unconstitutional a decision of the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs refusing to register the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) as a society, and […]

Botswana: Landmark Case Ends Patriarchal Inheritance System

(Oct. 16, 2012) On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women’s inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court held that a tribal law that gave that right only to the youngest-born sons contravened the […]

Botswana: Prisoner Takes Government to Court over Voting Rights

(July 16, 2009) It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming local government and parliamentary elections. His claim, which names the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the […]

Botswana: Financial Intelligence Agency Established to Help Crack Down on Money Laundering, Financial Offenses

(Mar. 6, 2009) It was reported on February 20, 2009, that the Government of Botswana is in the process of establishing a Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA). Its chief function would be to “analyse and disseminate financial information to investigating authorities,” in an effort to crack down on money laundering, better detect financial offenses and suspicious […]

Botswana: Draft Code of Conduct for Politicians

(Feb. 2, 2009) On January 19, 2009, at a stakeholders' workshop held by the Independent Electoral Commission, politicians representing several Botswanan constituencies unanimously adopted a draft code of conduct in anticipation of preparations for the country's 2009 general election. The Botswana Congress Party and MELS [Marx Engels Lenin Stalin] Movement of Botswana had apparently already […]

Botswana: Controversial New Media Law Adopted

(Feb. 2, 2009) On December 31, 2008, the Government of Botswana gazetted the Media Practitioners Law, to which it had assented on December 22, even though legislators had sought to amend it, and it had been expected to undergo more scrutiny in parliamentary committees before being made official. The Law purportedly seeks to “preserve media […]