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Botswana to appeal ruling decriminalising homosexuality – BBC News

Botswana’s government will appeal against a landmark High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, the attorney general says. Last month the court rejected colonial-era laws that imposed up to seven year jail terms for same-sex relationships, saying they were unconstitutional. The ruling was viewed by many as a step towards improving …

Botswana Ends Ban on Elephant Hunting – The New York Times

CAPE TOWN — Elephant hunting will resume in Botswana after a five-year prohibition, the government of that southern African nation said, despite intense lobbying by some conservation advocates to continue the ban. The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism announced the decision on Wednesday, saying that after “extensive consultations with …

Botswana court to hear case against criminalisation of gay sex | Reuters

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana’s High Court will hear on Thursday a case challenging the criminalisation of gay sex, offering campaigners a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (LGBT) on a continent where homosexuality remains highly contentious. Botswana’s Penal Code outlaws “carnal knowledge of any person …

Doubts Mount in Botswana Over Charity’s Claim of Elephant ‘Poaching Frenzy’ – The New York Times

CAPE TOWN — It was a shocking story that attracted global attention this month: A “poaching frenzy” in northern Botswana left 87 elephants dead, slaughtered for their tusks to feed Africa’s growing illicit ivory trade. But scientists and Botswana’s government now say that the number of deaths attributed to poachers, while unknown, has …

Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed By Poachers : NPR

The carcasses of 87 elephants have been discovered near a Botswana protected sanctuary, killed and stripped for their tusks. The elephants were discovered by Elephants Without Borders, a conservation nonprofit. The organization said they “discovered the alarming rate while flying the Botswana government aerial [elephant] census.” “I’m shocked, I’m completely astounded,” Mike …

African nations seek to get rid of 1st UN LGBT expert

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African nations are seeking to initially suspend and then get rid of the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Botswana’s U.N. Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae said Friday that African nations want the General Assembly to delay …