During my first year of blogging - 2004-5 - I began covering the attempts by the Botswana government to remove the Kalahari Bushmen from their traditional lands, along with Survival International's determination to protect and defend the rights of these people. The apparent Government motivation was to clear the way for mining in that area. While there was some relief through the courts, it never lasted long, especially with a government willing to disregard its own legal system.
Yesterday, according to Survival International, the Botswana government began forcibly removing the Bushmen.
The move to evict the Ranyane Bushmen comes despite an injunction issued by Botswana’s High Court last week preventing the forced removal of some of the Bushmen until the case returns to court on June 18, and despite promises from President Khama’s spokesman Jeff Ramsay last week that 'The government has no plans to remove those who wish to stay at Ranyane’.
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