Queer Namibians pin hopes on progressive court ruling as Parliament moves to curtail rights

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05/26/2024

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.

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