Botswana decrimilises homo-sexuality

Le Botswana décriminalise l’homosexualité

La Haute Cour du Botswana a décidé d’annuler l’interdiction de l’homosexualité en vigueur dans le pays depuis 1965. The High court has decided to to lift the prohibition on homosexuality in place in the country since 1965.

Ces lois dataient de 1965, alors que le pays faisait encore partie de l\'Empire britannique.
Ces lois dataient de 1965, alors que le pays faisait encore partie de l’Empire britannique. (NORBERTO CUENCA / Getty Images). This law dates from 1965, although the country is still part of the British Empire.

“Le temps est venu que la sexualité entre personnes du même sexe soit décriminalisée.” Mardi 11 juin, devant la salle d’audience comble de la Haute Cour à Gaborone, capitale du Botswana, le juge Michael Leburu a annulé l’interdiction des relations entre personnes du même sexe. Les peines prévues par le Code pénal dataient de 1965 et pouvaient aller jusqu’à sept ans de prison. Le juge de la Haute Cour du pays a justifié cette décision en qualifiant l’interdiction de l’homosexualité de “relique de l’ère victorienne” qui “oppresse une minorité” et “ne passe pas l’épreuve de la constitutionnalité”.

Après l’Afrique du Sud, les Seychelles, l’Angola et le Mozambique, un nouveau pays d’Afrique lève donc l’interdiction en la matière. Ce jugement intervient alors que le Kenya a récemment décidé de maintenir ses lois contre l’homosexualité, douchant ainsi les espoirs de la communauté LGBTQ (lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels, transgenre, queers) du continent. A ce jour, l’homosexualité reste illégale dans plus de la moitié des pays africains. Quant aux mariages entre personnes du même sexe, ils ne sont autorisés qu’en Afrique du Sud.

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Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer. The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013. Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI. Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug 2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website. But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien. The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50. Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea. Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.
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