Kalahari Bushmen of Botswana Continue to Have Their Rights Denied

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“Children have been arrested by paramilitary police which are signs of a new government policy to intimidate Bushmen who have returned to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.”Photo: Survival International

The Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in Botswana have been fighting for their right to return to their native ancestral land which they were evicted from in 2002. Bushmen over the age of 16 are required to apply for a one-month access permit in order to enter the reserve. British attorney Gordon Bennett won a case in 2006 that gave the Bushman the right to enter the reserve without a permit; however, the government of Botswana has continued to enforce the permit policy.

The fight for the Kalahari Bushmen to return to their ancestral land has been renewed and the government of Botswana has decided to prevent Mr. Bennett from entering the country to represent the group…

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