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Botswana High Court scraps anti-gay laws

On Tuesday Botswana's High Court ruled to overturn 19th century laws that criminalised homosexuality.In its ruling, the court said that "human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized", adding that laws that banned same-sex relations were disciminatory. Up until decriminalisation, people who engaged in same-sex relations could face up to seven years in jail. Homophobia is still deeply rooted across Africa, where same-sex relations are outlawed in more than 30 countries. Just last month Kenya's supreme court refused to strike down similar colonial-era laws that criminalised homosexuality.

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