LGBTQ+ Groups Denied Registration Even After Supreme Court Decision in Eswatini

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10/15/2023

In a move sparking international concern, the government of Eswatini has declined to register an LGBTQ+ rights group, Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM), defying a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court. The decision, unveiled in late September by the Eswatini Commerce, Industry, and Trade Ministry, as reported by the Washington Blade, underscores a widening schism between the nation’s judicial and executive branches over LGBTQ+ rights. Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, is a landlocked kingdom between South Africa and Mozambique in southern Africa. Governed by a unitary absolute monarchy, the nation presents a unique political landscape in today’s global scene. The refusal to register ESGM, based on overlooking ‘Roman-Dutch Law,’ epitomizes a broader governmental disdain toward LGBTQ+ rights within the kingdom.

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