The Transnational Human Rights Review

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This article discusses the past and present of Canada-Botswana human rights engagements, offering an insight into their nature and significance. The article highlights that despite the absence of strong diplomatic ties between the two countries, there nonetheless have been significant human rights engagements. The engagements, though not entirely systematic or clearly defined in their focus, have certainly improved the human rights situation in Botswana. It is also noted that the sustainability of these engagements is questionable considering that the weak ties between the two countries have resulted in reduced Canadian funding to Botswana. In the end, the article emphasizes that there is a need to undertake extensive research on Canada-Botswana human rights engagements. This is so as to understand the nature and extent of the engagements, to measure their impact, and to use such research findings to inform future human rights engagements.