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21 Oct 2008

Haider Rizvi, OneWorld.net

Diamond Boycott Campaign Restarted [Botswana]

Human rights activists are planning to launch another major international campaign against De Beers, after receiving word that [it] is once again operating in an area of Botswana from which local people have been evicted...Survival [International] and other indigenous rights groups say that diamond exploration in the Reserve has had a devastating impact on the life and the environment of the indigenous San people, also known as "Bushmen." "We are dismayed that De Beers feels that it can now return to the Reserve whilst the situation with the Bushmen is still unresolved," [said Stephen Corry director of Survival International]. "Presumably it hoped no one would notice." [also refers to Gem Diamonds, Ben Bridge, Tiffany, Helzberg Diamonds (part of Berkshire Hathaway), Fortunoff, Leber Jeweler]