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15 Oct 2008

Survival International

De Beers returns to Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Survival International relaunches campaign [Botswana]

Survival International is relaunching its campaign against De Beers after the discovery that the company has returned to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve…Its…diamond exploration programme will be devastating for the Bushmen [community of Metsiamenong], and the reserve’s ecology…Survival…said today, ‘We…[will be] targeting De Beers and trying to persuade people to boycott De Beers until the Bushmen have access to their lands and water. The Bushmen cannot conceivably give their free and informed consent to mining whilst most of them cannot even go home.’ Two years ago the Bushmen won a landmark court case over their right to live in the reserve, which is their ancestral land…[also refers to Gem Diamonds][Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited De Beers to respond to the allegations. De Beers declined to respond]