Tagged: human

Debating the Death Penalty

Sunday nights are my time to catch up on unread newspapers.  Curiously – today being the World Day Against the Death Penalty– last night’s papers were full of stories about the death penalty.  There are several reasons for that.  First, Botswana is one of the few remaining active users of the death penalty in Africa (in 2010 only Sudan, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea and Botswana carried out death sentences; in 2009 … Read more »Debating the Death Penalty

Justice and debate in Botswana

One of my recent blogs reminded me that whilst there are a range of human rights issues discussed here in Botswana, there is one issue which above all has generated international debate – namely the position of the San communities of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (the San are also known as Bushmen or Barsawa although all three terms are considered pejorative by some).  Yesterday  five members of one San … Read more »Justice and debate in Botswana

2010 International Human Rights Day in Botswana

Last week I talked about World AIDs Day in Botswana.  Tomorrow is another important commemoration – international Human Rights Day.   The theme is “Human Rights Defenders who Act to end Discrimination”.  It’s an important issue even in a country with a good reputation on human rights such as Botswana.  And – as is inevitably the case in a country with such a high incidence of HIV/AIDs infections – the relationship … Read more »2010 International Human Rights Day in Botswana