Parliament should fight government’s xenophobia

Botswana on Wednesday granted 10 Eritrean football players political asylum and or declared them refugees. Attorneys for the 10 refugees and the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights’ relentless fight for justice should be praised.

This is after an embarrassing statement by the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security that no consideration would be given for the players plea for political asylum.  The statement by the Minister and his other actions lately on asylum issues threaten the good name and history of Botswana on these matters especially its role during the liberation struggle.

Political asylum is an important right enshrined in Article 14 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the rules of international human rights law. It is a complementary provision to Article 3 that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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