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Strategic Litigation and the Struggles of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual persons in Africa

Strategic Litigation and the Struggles of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual persons in Africa


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There has been a rise in the use of strategic litigation related to seeking equality for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons. Such developments are taking place against the backdrop of active homophobia in Africa. The law and the general public should, argues the author, treat LGB persons in the same way that heterosexuals are treated. In the past two decades,30 strategic cases have been fi led by LGB activists in the Common Law African countries, namely in Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. While the majority of the cases have been successful, they have not resulted in significant social change in any of the countries. On the contrary, there have been active backlashes, counter-mobilisations, and violence against LGB persons, as well as the further criminalisation of same-sex relations and constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriages in some of the jurisdictions. The author argues that activists in Common Law Africa have to design LGB strategic litigation in such a way as to fi t within the actual social and political conditions in their countries if strategic litigation is to spur social change.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781988832555
  • Publisher: Daraja Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Daraja Press
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 312
  • Spine Width: 17 mm
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 1988832551
  • Publisher Date: 10 Feb 2020
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Weight: 452 gr


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