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HRW urges Botswana to end death penalty

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Human Rights Watch has called on Botswana government to take steps to end the death penalty, including by placing a moratorium on capital punishment, APA learnt here Sunday.In a periodical review report, the human rights organisation also called on Botswana to take steps to decriminalize same-sex sexual activities and ensure non-discrimination in accordance with the country’s domestic and international obligations.

HRW said Botswana should incorporate ratified international human rights conventions into domestic laws and complete the process of aligning national legislation with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Botswana was also urged to establish and adequately resource a national human rights institution in line with the Paris Principles.

HRW noted with concern that Botswana was yet to incorporate international human rights conventions it ratified into domestic law to make them directly applicable by the courts and administrative authorities in the country.

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