• 19 June 2019

Botswana: Time for Swaziland to Follow Botswana’s Lead and Decriminalise Gay Sex

Botswana: Time for Swaziland to Follow Botswana’s Lead and Decriminalise Gay Sex

Botswana: Time for Swaziland to Follow Botswana’s Lead and Decriminalise Gay Sex 1024 682 eSwatini Minorities

Swaziland should follow the example of its near-neighbour Botswana and decriminalise gay sex.

The kingdom, also known as eSwatini, has much in common with Botswana. Both were protectorates of Great Britain and have laws relating to homosexuality dating back to that time. They became independent in the 1960s. Both countries have small but active fundamentalist Christian groups that today demonise LGBT people; the media largely ignore them and when they do report they are usually antagonistic. Both countries want people to believe that homosexuality is in some way ‘un-African’. Nevertheless, both want to believe that they are modern societies. Swaziland aims to become a ‘First-World’ country by 2022.

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