Court orders Botswana government to provide HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners

HIV MedicinesGaborone, 18 March – In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners. 

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV – leading to a significant deterioration in their health. Non-citizen prisoners were expected to pay for HIV treatment themselves. 

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Victory for women’s rights in southern Africa as Botswana Court of Appeal finds women can inherit under customary law

 GABORONE – The fight for women’s rights in Botswana took a major step forward today when the Court of Appeal in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others upheld the right of four sisters to inherit their family homestead, rejecting the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law only sons were allowed to inherit it.

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Huge Boost for Women’s Rights in Botswana as high court strikes down discriminatory customary law

Women Rights ImageGABORONE – The Botswana High Court today provided a huge boost to the struggle for gender equality in Botswana by striking down a discriminatory customary law that only allowed men to inherit the family home.

The High Court ruled that the customary law discriminated against women and so was unconstitutional. Critically, the Court made it clear that discrimination cannot be justified by culture before rejecting the argument put forward by the Attorney General that Botswana society was not ready for equality.

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