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Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Botswana Court of Appeal [SAFLII database] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, can drill wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) [official website], reversing a lower court ruling [JURIST report]. The court found that the Bushmen have … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Sep 2010

Joe Gonzales, University College London M.A. Human Rights '10, is a current intern with Survival International. He writes on the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's struggle to secure water rights from the Botswanan government... On July 21 the High Court of Botswana (the High Court) dismissed [PDF] a … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday adopted a resolution [materials] declaring that access to clean and sanitized drinking water is a basic human right [press release]. The resolution, passed by a vote of 122-0 with 41 member states abstaining, also requires the UN Independent Expert on the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court [SAFLII database] ruled Wednesday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, people will not be able to reopen a water well or dig new wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve [official website]. The Bushmen applied for permission to use … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The African Commission on Human and People's Rights [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that the government of Kenya violated the rights of the Endorois [MRGI backgrounder] people when it forcibly evicted them from their land. The Endorois are a group of about 60,000 people who were removed from … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the First People of Kalahari (FPK) [Right Livelihood backgrounder] Roy Sesana announced [AllAfrica report] Tuesday that his organization plans to take its land dispute case against the Botswana government to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website, JURIST news archive]. The FPK is an advocacy group … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] The High Court of Botswana [BBC profile] has ruled that the government's eviction of Bushmen inhabiting the Kalahari desert is "unlawful and unconstitutional." The suit was brought by 239 members of the San tribe with the aid of the First People of the Kalahari [backgrounder] and Survival International [advocacy … [read more]

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