Press Release: Botswana Under Universal Periodic Review

Press Release

From: Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana – LEGABIBO

To: All Media Houses

Date: 16 January 2018

RE: Botswana’s 3rd Cycle at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Botswana’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 in a meeting that will be live on www.webtv.un.org

Botswana is one of the States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 15 – 19 January 2018, thus her third Cycle.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) National Report – information provided by the Government of Botswana. 2) Stakeholder Report – information provided by civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: discrimination of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons based on religious perceptions; discrimination of transgender persons; awareness raising and sensitization on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE); discrimination in the healthcare setting and access to justice for LGBTI.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.  Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.  During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Botswana are China, Cuba and the United States of America.

For further questions about the Universal Periodic Review, contact LEGABIBO on +267 75 592 2403, and get live updates on our social media platforms:

Facebook: LeGaBiBo, Twitter: @legabiboadvo #BotswanaAtUPR #UPR29

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