Botswana should decriminalize homosexuality: former president

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Festus Mogae

• The former president of Botswana says maybe he could have done more to decriminalize laws that hamper AIDS progress. Festus Mogae, who is now part of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, says while millions of dollars have been invested over the past 30 years to expand lifesaving HIV prevention and treatment, many countries have enacted and enforced laws which undermine this. In Africa, 27 countries criminalize HIV transmission.

South Sudan celebrates its first anniversary with a commitment to peace and prosperity

Salva Kiir

• South Sudan's President promises peace and prosperity as the country marks its first year as a new nation. Celebrations in the capitol of Juba included representatives of Sudan, who vowed to respect the sovereignty of their southern neighbour and work toward peace. Talks between both sides continue with the African Union saying it will not turn its back on the new nation.

 Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga sentenced to 14 years in jail

Former child soldiers in the DRC.

• The jail sentence handed down to Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga for recruiting child soldiers to fight in his rebel group a decade ago, is being called balanced by the UN expert leading the fight against such practices. Lubanga was sentenced to 14 years by the International Criminal Court. Radhika Coomeraswamy, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict says the ICC's guilty verdict and judgment will deter others.

Producer/Presenter: Julie Walker
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Peter Kurisko
Duration: 10'00"

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