UNESCO supports fight against piracy in Botswana
UNESCO Harare Cluster Office supported the Government of Botswana to organise a National Training Workshop on Copyright and Anti-Piracy for Law Enforcement Agencies held at the Oasis Motel in Gaborone, Botswana.
The workshop was followed by a procession against piracy on the 15th of August 2008 in Gaborone. Furthermore, the workshop was one of a series of follow-up workshops being held in the sub-region following the UNESCO and IFRRO supported regional anti-piracy training of trainers’ workshop held in Windhoek, Namibia in September 2006. The workshop was financially supported by UNESCO in collaboration from the Department of Culture and Youth which falls under the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture.
More than 55 participants attended the workshop, five of which were from other countries including Zimbabwe, Malawi and German. In view of the fact that the workshop was for law enforcement agencies most of the participants were drawn from the departments that are responsible for law enforcement which included the Botswana Police Services, Botswana United Revenue Services, Department of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Administration of Justice Department. Other participants were from the Artist Associations, National Museum, Copyright Society of Botswana, Media houses, National Commission for UNESCO and the Department of Culture and Youth.
The workshop and the Anti-Piracy march successfully raised law enforcement agencies and the general public’s awareness on copyright and related issues. Whilst the workshop was a success, the questions and discussions that ensued during the workshop were an indication that more still needs to be done in terms of raising awareness on Copyright and Related Rights and more work has to be done to increase the capacity of law enforcement agencies in dealing with crimes related to copyright infringement.