Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/25/55/Add.3, 28 February 2014: Botswana
67. JAL 08/07/2013 Case no: BWA 2/2013 State reply: 10/07/2013
Alleged arbitrary denial to register a human rights association.
68. The Special Rapporteur thanks the Government for acknowledging receipt of the communication sent during the reporting period. She trusts that she will receive a substantive reply to the allegations presented regarding the arbitrary denial to register LEGABIBO, a human rights organisation that aims to promote non-discrimination and uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. She takes note of the information received in the acknowledgment of receipt regarding the intention expressed by the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security at the UPR of Botswana in June 2013 to engage further with the founders of LEGABIBO.
69. The Special Rapporteur remains concerned that the denial to register LEGABIBO might be related to the association’s peaceful activities in defending the human rights of LGBTI individuals in Botswana. She would like to reiterate the importance of ensuring that the right to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly is guaranteed without discrimination of any sort.
Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2014-eng-fra-esp
Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Botswana-2013-eng
Link to State’s reply: Correspondence-SR-Botswana-reply-2013-eng