Botswanna has ratified the following documents:
  • African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People's Rights
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The following documents further define the obligations of Botswanna:
    The documents listed above require Botswanna to protect and promote the following rights:

    Right to development
    Right to education
    Right to equal protection of the law
    Right to freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment
    Right to highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
    Right to housing
    Right to just and favorable work conditions
    Right to liberty and security of the person
    Right to life and survival
    Right to marry and found a family
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of age
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of disability (i.e. HIV positive)
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of marital status
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race and ethnicity
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex and gender
    Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
    Right to private and family life
    Right to receive and impart information
    Right to the benefits of scientific progress

    Constitutional Protection of Rights

    The Constitution of Botswanna can be viewed at http://www.ditshwanelo.org.bw/index/Other/Botswana%20Constitution.htm

    The Constitution of Botswana is an important tool for the protection and promotion of human rights. It enables Botswana to translate the international agreements into domestic law. It obliges all branches of government to respect and ensure the rights it enunciates.

    The Constitution provides for the protection of the following rights, among others. This empowers individuals in making reproductive health decisions, and helps create economic and social conditions conducive to good sexual and reproductive health.

    Right to the equal protection of the law (art. 15)
    Right to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment (art. 7)
    Right to freedom of association (art. 13)
    Right to freedom of expression (art. 12)
    Right to freedom of movement (art. 14)
    Right to liberty and security (art. 5)
    Right to life (art. 4)
    Right to own private property (art. 8)