DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights was established in 1993 and since then has remained the only organisation in Botswana dealing with all aspects of human rights. We are proud to say we have won several awards for our work since 1993.
We work to advocate for changes in laws, policies and practices, and to raise public awareness of rights and responsibilities. We also provide paralegal services to those earning less than the minimum wage.
We work in partnership with other rights-focused organisations in Botswana, such as those focusing on gender equality or the rights of those affected by HIV/AIDS. Complementing the work of our partners, we focus on issues least supported by others, including the Basarwa / San (Bushmen), sexual minorities and domestic workers. We have a specific Children’s Rights Programme and an Outreach Programme in Kasane, northern Botswana, and conduct campaigns on issues such as abolition of the death penalty in Botswana and the development and rights issues related to the relocation of the Basarwa / San from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Our website includes an overview of current human rights issues in Botswana, a guide to residents’ rights and responsibilities, information about sources of help for violations of rights, publications and press releases and information about DITSHWANELO.