BOTSWANA: INTERNATIONAL NGOS CONDEMN BUSHMAN EVICTIONS
10 November 2005
Five non-governmental organisations have issued strong statements condemning the eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the Central
Kalahari Game Reserve. The statements, from Botswana, Namibia, South
Africa, Germany, Switzerland and France, reflect increasing international outrage at the shootings, beatings, eviction and arrests
of recent weeks.
RETENG, the Multicultural Coalition of Botswana, says, 'The continued
force employed by the government is a clear violation of [the Gana and
Gwi's] human rights, and government is further in contempt of court. We
therefore call upon the international community to condemn the Botswana
government for these acts of violence and non-adherence to the rule of
The Namibian National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has slammed the
government of neighbouring Botswana for waging a 'campaign of terror'
against the Bushmen. 'The incessant persecution of these two vulnerable
groups exposes the false image of Botswana as one of Africa's most
democratic countries,' says the society's director Phil ya Nangoloh.
FIAN, the Germany-based international human rights organisation campaigning for the right to adequate food, is calling for supporters to
write to President Mogae of Botswana demanding an end to his government's 'deliberate starvation policy and hunger blockade' of the
Bushmen's reserve. 'The survival of this group that is resisting removal
is now at stake and their death is imminent if the Botswana government
does not immediately end this grave violation of the right to food,'
reads the bulletin.
The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), an international NGO
with its headquarters in Switzerland and an office in South Africa, has
written to President Mogae expressing its 'grave concern' over the
forced eviction of the Bushmen.
ACAT-France, part of the International Federation of Action by Christians Against Torture, has issued an action bulletin requesting its
members to write to President Mogae demanding an enquiry into the recent
torture cases, and highlighting the violence, death threats and arbitrary detention faced by the Bushmen.
SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
(to read the numerous statements please search http://www.khoisanpeoples.org/news/index.htm
or go to http://www.survival-international.org)