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Customary Law and its impact in Botswana Customary Law and its impact in Botswana

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Botswana customary law2013, 8 pages

Botswana has a dual judicial system, one based on customary law and the other on a combination of English and Roman-Dutch law (‘received law’). Both legal systems are used by people in Botswana
and have courts established to adjudicate on matters between parties. This paper seeks to discuss customary law as practiced in Botswana and its impact on the equal rights of women and men, women’s rights, children and Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexed (LGBTI) people.

The paper will also briefly discuss the parallel judicial systems in other Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN) member states as well as the work which DITSHWANELO (www.ditshwanelo.org.bw) does in the field of customary law.

Denied Identity. Human Rights Abuses against Iran's LGBT Community. Denied Identity. Human Rights Abuses against Iran's LGBT Community.

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Denied Identity Iran2013, 60 pages

Lesbians and gays face serious violations of their human rights in Iran. This report from The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) gives a thorough background to the past and current situation for LGBT people in Iran. The report contains in-depth case stories collected through testimonies and other sources.

Erasing - 76 crimes Erasing - 76 crimes

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Date added: 08/14/2012
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Depending on how you count them, there are 76 or 78 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

This blog takes its name from a list of 76 such countries.The blog's main focus is the struggle to repeal the 76 countries' anti-gay laws. The website includes a very updated news list.

Fear for Life Fear for Life

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Date added: 02/27/2013
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fear for lifeThis 95-page report on Senegal from Human Rights Watch (2010) includes interviews with dozens of people who have faced threats and violence at the hands of both the police and others in the community.

It looks in detail at two key incidents: the "gay marriage" scandal of February 2008; and the arrest of the "nine homosexuals of Mbao" in December 2008. The report also examines several other cases that show how police arrests under Article 319.3 fan broader fear and suspicion.

Forbidden: Institutionalizing Discrimination Against Gays and Lesbians in Burundi Forbidden: Institutionalizing Discrimination Against Gays and Lesbians in Burundi

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Date added: 06/11/2012
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BurundiBurundian LGBT people were devastated in November 2008, when the National Assembly voted in favor of adding an article to the proposed new Criminal Code that would penalize same-sex relations between consenting adults. Human Rights Watch (2009).

Burundian lawyers and politicians, along with international experts, had spent two years revising the old criminal code, which dated to 1981, but the National Assembly’s human rights commission added the anti-homosexuality provision at the last minute. Human Rights Watch teamed up with a photographer to create portraits of ten of these young people, many of whom feel that their very identities have been rendered criminal by Burundi’s new law. HRW hope that others will draw lessons from these narratives and will work to restore the rights of LGBT people.

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