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LGBTQ+ Namibians await landmark court ruling on gay sex law

LGBTQ+ Namibians await landmark court ruling on gay sex law

NAMIBIAN LGBTQ+ advocates hope a High Court ruling next month will decriminalise gay sex by overturning the colonial-era sodomy law, offering a ray of hope even as parliament tries to crack down on same-sex relationships. "The courts (are) our last hope and our beacon of liberation," Omar van Reenen, who is co-founder of the rights group Equal Namibia, told Context in an interview. LGBTQ+ advocate Friedel Dausab brought the appeal against Namibia's long-standing sodomy law, arguing the criminalisation of sodomy and related offences was unconstitutional. Arguments were heard in October and the court is expected to rule in June.  The court decision…
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Murder of Johannesburg sex workers shows why South Africa must urgently decriminalise the trade

Murder of Johannesburg sex workers shows why South Africa must urgently decriminalise the trade

THE decomposed bodies of six women, four of whom were identified as sex workers, were recently discovered at a panel beating factory in Johannesburg. A 20-year-old man has been charged with six counts of murder. The case highlights, again, the risks of sex work for women in South Africa. It also puts the spotlight on the regulation of sex work. As a commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equality, I was involved in drafting its 2013 position paper on sex work: Decriminalising Sex Work in South Africa. Author AMANDA GOUWS, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the South African…
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