Media kit: Bushmen court case


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Images from the High Court in Lobatse

Images from the High Court in Lobatse as the verdict is announced

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Final court ruling

Microsoft Word document, 400 pages, 1.1MB

The full text of the ruling from the High Court in Lobatse, Botswana. This document has been scanned and the text digitally recognised: there may be some conversion errors.

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Summary of the issues

Microsoft Word document, 2 pages

An overview of the main issues in the court case, prepared by Gordon Bennett, the Bushmen's attorney.

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Biography of Bushman Roy Sesana

Microsoft Word document, 1 page

A biography of Roy Sesana, a Gana Bushman from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana and President of the First People of the Kalahari (FPK), the Bushman organisation. Mr Sesana is the lead applicant in the case.

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Biography of Bushmen witnesses and their expert witnesses

Microsoft Word document, 4 pages

An outline of the main Bushman witnesses with brief biographies and descriptions of their testimony.

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Biography of Gordon Bennett

Microsoft Word document, 2 pages

A biography of Gordon Bennett, the Bushmen's attorney.

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Legal precedents

Microsoft Word document, 2 pages

The rights that indigenous people have under international law are partly a product of rulings given in many legal cases around the world. Each of these test cases has contributed to what is a continuously evolving area of international law. This document outlines some of the most important cases in recent decades.

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The court case in numbers

Microsoft Word document, 1 page
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Summary of events

Microsoft Word document, 4 pages

A summary of events affecting the Bushmen during the main phase of the court case.

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In Memoriam

Microsoft Word document, 1 page

12% of the original applicants have died waiting for the court's judgement. This is a list of their names.

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Image gallery

Downloadable JPEGs

Images from the court case, including witness portraits, are available to download from the image gallery.

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Court case video clip

DV file, 3 mins

Arthur Albertson, expert witness for the Bushmen, prepares to take the stand; the Bushmen's attorneys Gordon Bennett and Duma Boko confer outside the court during a recess; Bennett and Boko in discussion with Sidney Pilane, government attorney.

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Court case video clip 2

DV file, 1 min

Bushman witnesses and a representative of Norway's Saami people during a break in hearings in the New Xade relocation camp.

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Gope test mine video clip

DV file, 15 secs

Drilling rig and infrastructure at De Beers's test mine at Gope, a Bushman community inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

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