When Botswana underwent what should have been a routine UN process in May this year in Geneva, Switzerland, something unusual happened.
At the 2023 Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, six western Europe nations mysteriously raised questions about whether the 2024 general election will be free and fair. They also raised concerns about civil and political rights, including freedom of expression and the press – which are crucial for free and fair elections. A representative of the host country, Switzerland, called on Botswana to “guarantee freedom of the media and freedom of expression and information and take measures to protect media professionals against attacks, harassment and intimidation, especially as the 2024 election approaches.”
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