Review of Botswana
Monday, 01 December 2008 06:07

Botswana was reviewed by the Working Group on the UPR on the morning of 1 December 2008. The main issues discussed were:

  • The achievements and challenges facing the State in its implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. Particular attention was paid to health (HIV/AIDS), education, and the possibility of ratifying the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • The main civil and political rights that were raised were torture (ratification of the optional protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment), corporal punishment, the possibility of abolishing the death penalty, and prison overcrowding
  • The protection of the rights of specific groups, namely children, women, migrant workers, and indigenous peoples. Moreover, the decriminalisation of same-sex activities was recommended by some States
  • The Working Group also proposed measures to improve the implementation of human rights in the State, including the establishment of a national human rights institution, extension of a standing invitation to special procedures, and international cooperation. 

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