Botswana Pro Bono Directory

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As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

Botswana Red Cross Society
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135 Independence Avenue, P.O. Box 485, Gaborone
Tel: (+267) 3952465
Fax: (+267) 3912352

The role of the Botswana Red Cross Society is to identify, prevent and alleviate human suffering and foster human dignity in all communities. The refugee psycho-social support arm of the Botswana Red Cross Society is a joint project between UNHCR and Botswana Red Cross Society. The psycho-social support services are provided by the Red Cross in Gaborone and at Dukwi refugee camp.

University of Botswana (UB) Legal Clinic
Faculty of Social Sciences, Private Bag UB 00705, University of Botswana, Gaborone
Tel: (+267) 3552283
Fax: (+267) 3554185
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The department of law at the University of Botswana runs a Legal Clinic in addition to teaching courses in the subject of refugee law. The services of the Legal Clinic are primarily available to members of the public who cannot afford private legal support. Some members of the Department are engaged in research on human rights and other related activities. The Legal Clinic has an advocacy component, along with the provision of legal services. Currently UNHCR provides funding for the University of Botswana Legal Clinic to provide legal aid for refugees.


The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Plot 2732, Hospital Way, Gaborone
Tel: (+267) 3906998
Fax: (+267) 3907778
Contact person: Ms Alice Mogwe
Contact person: Mr Andrew Matayataya

As an advocacy organisation, Ditshwanelo is involved in the promotion and protection of human rights in Botswana. In line with this role it seeks to work for human dignity and equality irrespective of an individual’s gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, social status or political conviction. The organisation seeks to educate, research, counsel and mediate on issues of human rights. Furthermore due to their commitment to the indivisible nature of human rights, the work extends to regional and international levels. It focuses on groups in the society that are most vulnerable and least supported by other organisations such as immigrants and refugees.

Ditshwanelo has also acted as a mediator between the Botswana Council for Refugees, the governmental agency charged with refugees, and the UNHCR. Ditshwanelo has expressed concern about the delays in processing of applications for status, the infiltration of refugee camps by security agents and the erosion of the principle of non-refoulement.