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A Survey of Laws Impacting the Human Rights of LGBT Person in Selected Southern African Countries




Outright Team

Publish Date

April 1, 2016

This report seeks to outline the current state of legal protection for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in southern Africa by examining relevant current legislation in each of South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe and surveying the enforcement activities with regard to said legislation and communal attitudes toward LGBT individuals. By combining the individual case studies and providing a like-for-like comparison, this report seeks to identify how the neighboring states have influenced each other, both legislatively and with regard to popular attitudes, and to ascertain specific areas in which any individual country has made particularly progressive strides, thereby isolating the factors which have precipitated such progress.

This report consists of case studies for each of South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe; a brief analysis of the international and regional treaties and protocols that may impact the human rights of LGBT persons to which any of the above countries is a party; and a conclusion summarizing the results of the preceding analysis. 

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