During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on racism, 2012
Received Sub-Committee visit
For its election in 2014 (for the period 2015-2017), Botswana did not present any pledges or commitments.
In 2011 (for the period 2011-2014), Botswana tabled voluntary pledges and commitments on 7 January 2011.
Botswana’s international level commitments included to: participate in discussions on the reform of the Treaty Bodies; engage fully with the UPR; contribute to discussions on the reform of Special Procedures; contribute to a strengthening of the UPR; and cooperate with Council mechanisms, including Special Procedures, and with Treaty Bodies.
At the domestic level, Botswana pledged to: create an ‘umbrella’ NHRI; promote dialogue with civil society; promote gender mainstreaming through the national gender action plan; and advance the empowerment of women.
An analysis of steps taken by Botswana in fulfilment of its international level commitments shows that it has facilitated half of the requests by Special Procedures to visit the country, and has responded to the only Special Procedures communication received. Regarding Treaty Bodies, it has ratified 5 of the core conventions, but is yet to submit a periodic report on time. Botswana participated in its own UPR at ministerial level, but rarely contributes to the UPR reviews of other countries (based on first cycle data).