UNBotswana has been commended by the United Nations Human Rights Council for continuing to uphold the rule of law, promoting and protecting human rights.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, Minister Dikgakgamatso Seretse attended the 15th Session of the Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva where Botswana underwent a review of the human right situation in the country.

The 2013 review of Botswana follows the initial review which was done in 2008 from which Botswana accepted many recommendations to improve her human rights record.

Botswana’s National Report outlined measures undertaken by the government to implement all the recommendations that Botswana accepted during the 2008 review, include amongst others, the establishment of an independent national human rights institution; resourcing of institutions that deal with the promotion and protection of human rights, including the office of the Ombudsman and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime.

Other measures are efforts in the promotion of women’s participation in leadership positions; public education and awareness initiatives, including gender sensitisation, in order to educate the public on women’s rights with specific focus on HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence; and adoption of the comprehensive six-year National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

The release states that the reviews were conducted by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council, whose aim is to improve the human rights situation in all the member States of the United Nations.

UPR Working Group, includes 47 members of the Human Rights Council, of which Botswana is a member.

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