Aug 24, 2018

Ms Thapelo Phuthego (holding microphone), Director Gender Affairs commenting during proceedings. Looking on is the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ms Boikhutso Botlhole from Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration.

Botswana has ratified five of the nine core international human rights treaties, each of which requires a regular report to be submitted to the treaty Committee. Noting the high number of treaty reporting obligations Botswana is currently facing, UNDP Botswana and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) Treaty Body Capacity Building Programme are providing technical support for the timely fulfilment of Botswana’s treaty body reporting obligations. The importance of human rights reporting is to ensure Botswana fulfils its obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights.

A two day workshop, facilitated by the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, UNDP and OHCHR was held in Gaborone from 22 – 23 August 2018. The key objective was to provide specific guidance on the drafting of responses to lists of issues raised by the CEDAW Committee, Human Rights Committee and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The drafting session will be followed by consultations with civil society in the coming months. 

UNDP and the Government of Botswana have signed the “Support to the Fulfilment of Human Rights, Access to Justice and Empowerment of Women and Youth Project” (2018 – 2021) (“the Project”).  Key initiatives include support for the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution, National Human Rights Action Plan, National Human Rights Strategy and treaty reporting.  The Project also includes support for Inter-Ministerial Committee on Treaties, Conventions and Protocols.

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