UN to probe Botswana’s human rights record

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 10 November 2015   |   By Staff Writer

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation Léo Heller will visit Botswana from 9 to 17 November 2015, APA learnt here Thursday. “I will look at policies and practices of water management and allocation as well as disparities in access to sanitation and water between urban and rural areas,” said Heller in a statement from his office. “I will pay special attention to potentially marginalised groups of people in terms of access to water and sanitation,” he said. The human rights expert will meet with Government representatives, traditional leaders, communities, civil society and international organisations in the capital Gaborone, and other villages across the country. At the end of his nine-day visit, Heller will share with the media the preliminary findings of his mission at a press conference on 17 November at 11:30 a.m. at the United Nations premises. The Special Rapporteur will submit a comprehensive report to the thirty-third session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2016, which will include his findings and recommendations to the Government of Botswana. Heller is the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. He was appointed by the Human Rights Council in November 2014. [APA]

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