Joint submission to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Immigration Detention in Botswana

Date: 21/07/2022

Intro paragraph:

The Global Detention Project (GDP) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) provided the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) this joint submission in preparation for the WGAD’s visit to Botswana on 4-15 July 2022. This submission concerns the detention of migrants and refugees. It addresses situations that mainly fall within the scope of the WGAD’s Category IV of types of arbitrary detention: “when asylum seekers, refugees or migrants are subjected to prolonged administrative custody without the possibility of administrative or judicial review or remedy.”

To assist the WGAD in undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the situation concerning arbitrary deprivation of liberty in Botswana, this submission describes the migration context of Botswana and provides a summary of relevant migration-related legislation and the facilities where non-citizens are detained.

LHR wishes to acknowledge the invaluable input of Skillshare Botswana and Bosa Bosele Training College in providing information for this submission.

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