NEWS 2007


OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MOGAE                                                                      (12.12.2007) Dear President Mogae, On 13 December it will be one year since we won our court case against the government to be allowed back home to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve....

Survival ‘stands firmly behind Bushmen’ on anniversary of court victory                             (12.12.2007) As the Kalahari Bushmen mark the first anniversary of their landmark court victory tomorrow, Survival has vowed to support them in their continued struggle to return to their land.

Bushmen appeal for legal costs                                                                                     (05.12.2007) The Kalahari Bushmen applied in Botswana’s High Court today for leave to appeal for the Botswana government to pay their legal costs.

BOTSWANA: ONE YEAR AFTER COURT VICTORY, BUSHMEN STILL FAR FROM HOME (03.12.2007) 13 December marks the first anniversary of the Kalahari Bushmen's landmark victory in Botswana's High Court. But the Botswana government has failed to uphold the court's ruling, and most of the Bushmen remain stranded in resettlement camps.

BOTSWANA: BUSHMEN - BACK TO COURT?                                                              (20.11.2007) Bushmen in Botswana today announced they plan to return to court within a matter of weeks if the government continues to prevent them from returning home.

Hadzabe celebrate land victory                                                                                      (06.11.2007) A safari company representing clients from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed that it has withdrawn from a deal on the Hadza tribe’s land in Tanzania.

SURVIVAL ADVERT CONDEMNS TORTURE OF BUSHMEN                                          (05.11.2007) Survival has placed a full-page advert in the UK's Independent newspaper today, condemning the torture of Bushmen evicted from their land in the Kalahari in Botswana and appealing to the British public to support them.

BOTSWANA: TORTURE OF BUSHMEN - SHOCKING DETAILS                                     (31.10.2007) Shocking new details have emerged of the torture and beating of a group of Bushmen in Kaudwane resettlement camp, Botswana. Fifteen men were arrested in late September for hunting, and at least ten of them were tortured.

BOTSWANA: GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN ON BUSHMAN HUNTERS                         (09.10.2007) Six Bushmen have been arrested for hunting in New Xade resettlement camp, according to First People of the Kalahari, a Bushman human rights organisation.

VAN DER POST'S DAUGHTER DENOUNCES BUSHMAN PERSECUTION IN THE TIMES (20.09.2007) Just three days after Survival International re-ignited its Bushman campaign, a lengthy cover article in The Times has denounced the Botswana government's continuing refusal to honour the terms of the Bushmen's court victory.

Bushwhacked                                                                                                              (19.09.2007) 50 years after her father famously chronicled the lives of the Kalahari Bushmen, Lucia Van Der Post visits their tribal homeland in Botswana – and finds a demoralised people trapped in a limbo between their ancient heritage and the modern world ...

UN General Assembly backs indigenous peoples' rights                                                                   (September 13, 2007) UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The vote in the assembly was 143 in favor and four against. Eleven countries, including Russia and Colombia, abstained. The declaration, capping more than 20 years of debate at the United Nations, also recognizes the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and sets global human rights standards for them.

Royalty From The UAE Threaten To Take Over Tribe's Land                                             (18.07.2007) Yaeda Valley, Tanzania (AHN) -- The Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates might wipe out the second -oldest indigenous tribe in the world.

Safari concession threatens Hadza tribe                                                                        (28.06.2007) Hundreds of Hadza hunter-gatherers face eviction from their ancestral lands if a foreign safari company is given a hunting concession on their land.

Hadza hunters-gatherers under threat                                                                            (14.06.2007) The Washington Post reports on the Hadza hunter-gatherers: 50,000 Years of Resilience May Not Save Tribe - Tanzania Safari Deal Lets Arab Royalty Use Lands - YAEDA VALLEY, Tanzania - One of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers on the planet is on the verge of vanishing into the modern world.

Hadza Tribal Lands Being Confiscated By Arab Royal Family                                                            (10.06.2007) Afarensis notified me of this MSNBC story regarding my friends, the Hadzabe (Hadza) of northern Tanzania. He posted the story and commented on it as well. I can only say that this is the most depressed I have been in while and the lead sentence to the article says ...

EA’s last tribal bushmen in stiff survival battle in Mbulu valley                                           (02.05.2007) ... the good news is that the Arabs, responding to the public outcry, have withdrawn from the Yaida Valley and left the Hadza in peace. For how long ? - that's the question which remains until the Hadza have a chance to really defend their own common interests.

Bushmen step up pressure on Botswana over desert land                                                                 (19.02.2007) Bushman - the last hunter gatherer community in Southern Africa threatening to go back to court to force President Mr Festus Mogae’s government to comply with the order.


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