oa Article 40 - The Child Justice System in Botswana

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



The key legal framework guiding policy with regards to children in Botswana is the Children's Act of 2009, which was approved by Parliament on 16 June 2009. The Act is a significant policy update from the 1981 law. The Act harmonises with both the Convention on the Rights of the Child (U.N. General Assembly, 1989) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Organisation of African Unity, 1990). The Act includes a Bill of Child Rights and some provisions on parental duties and rights, community and government support to parents, children in need of protection, alternative care of children, foster care, and children in conflict with the law.

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