Press Release on the Promotion Mission to the Republic of Botswana

    05 July 2018, Banjul, The Gambia - The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Secretariat) wishes to inform the general public that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) upon the acceptance of its request by the Republic of Botswana (Botswana), is scheduled to undertake a promotion mission to Botswana from 09 to 13 July 2018.

    This Mission, which is part of the Commission’s promotion mandate, is being undertaken in accordance with Article 45(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter).

    The Delegation will be composed of:

    -          Honourable Commissioner Soyata Maiga, the Chairperson of the Commission, and Chairperson of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV and the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa;

    -          Honourable Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute, the Vice-Chairperson of the Commission, Commissioner Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Republic of Botswana and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa; and

    -          Honourable Commissioner Maria Theresa Manuela, the Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa.

    During the Mission, the Delegation of the Commission will meet with officials from relevant Government ministries, in addition to a cross-section of human rights actors in the country who may enlighten the Commission on the general human rights situation in the Republic of Botswana.

    At the end of the Mission, the Delegation will hold a Press Conference where the Delegation will present its preliminary remarks on the Mission. Thereafter, a Report of the Mission will be tabled before the Commission for consideration and adoption at one of its upcoming sessions.

    For further information, please contact:

    The Secretariat of the Commission

    31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District

    Western Region.

    P.O Box 673 Banjul, The Gambia

    Tel: 220 4410505/6; 2304361

    Fax: 220 4410504

    E-mail:  au-banjul@africa-union.org

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      Date: 05 July 2018

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