OMBUDSMAN BILL, 2021
Jun 29, 2021
1. A draft of the above Bill, which is intended to be presented to the National Assembly, is set out below. 2. The object of the Bill is to repeal and re-enact with amendments the Ombudsman Act (Cap. 02:12) to, amongst other things, expand the functions and powers of the Ombudsman to protection and promotion of human rights
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Feb 1, 2021
In January 2018, the Government of Botswana appeared before the UN Human Rights Council for the third cycle of Botswana’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The Government of Botswana accepted 93 of the 207 recommendations made by other member states. The Mid-Term UPR Report for Botswana was due in 2020. With support from UNDP Botswana, a Stakeholder UPR Mid-term report was prepared, covering the period 2018-2020. This report was prepared by DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, on behalf of the UPR NGO Working Group comprising: DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, The Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), MISA Botswana Chapter, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, Rainbow Identity Association, and the Kuru Family of Organisations. UNDP is also providing support to the Government of Botswana to strengthen the monitoring and implementation of human rights recommendations.
Sep 11, 2020
Botswana has committ ed, at both the national and international levels, to establishing a Paris Principle compliant National Human Rights Institution by transforming the Oﬃ ce of the Ombudsman into a hybrid institution which would perform the functions of a human rights institution in addition to its current mandate to investigate maladministration. Institutions such as National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are key to ensuring eﬀ ective national implementation of human rights obligations. NHRIs link the responsibilities of the State to the rights of citizens and connect national laws to regional and international human rights systems. The globally accepted international standards for the establishment and functioning of NHRIs are the “Paris Principles.” Paris-Principle compliant NHRIs are the cornerstone of national human rights protection systems and support Governments to meet their obligations to ‘respect, protect and fulﬁ l’ international human rights norms. The six main criteria that a national human rights institution must satisfy to be “Paris Principle compliant” are: 1. A broad mandate based on universal human rights standards; 2. Autonomy from Government; 3. Independence guaranteed by legislation or constitution; 4. Pluralism (diversity) including through membership and/or eﬀ ective cooperation; 5. Adequate resources; and 6. Adequate powers of investigation. Paris Principle compliant NHRIs can come in various forms, but are typically a Commission (eg a Human Rights Commission) or an Ombudsman with human rights mandate. Both models can be eﬀ ective and credible if the Paris Principles are satisﬁ ed. The Oﬃ ce of the President, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have therefore convened a two-day national symposium “A National Human Rights Institution for Botswana” in Gaborone, Botswana on 20 – 21 November 2018. The symposium is a consultative forum, which will bring together Government, civil society and private sector stakeholders.
Nov 18, 2013
Disasters are increasing in frequency and magnitude. The nature, spread and cost of disasters call for mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction at both the national and local levels. Disaster risk reduction strategies and activities contribute to the decrease of disaster risks and the negative impacts of disasters and attainment of sustainable development and poverty alleviation, by facilitating the integration of disaster risk reduction into development and day to day risk-deduction-related decision making.