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Bushmen tortured for hunting

Three Bushmen have been severely tortured by wildlife officials on suspicion of hunting to feed their families.

De Beers celebrity store opening loses its sparkle

Celebrities will this Wednesday 22 June (5.30-9pm) be urged by protesters from human rights organisation Survival International not to cross their picket line at the opening of the first De Beers store in the USA (703 Fifth Avenue, New York).

Academic deported ‘for links with Survival’

Botswana's President Mogae has said that he decided to deport Australian Professor Ken Good as a 'threat to national security' over his links with Survival International.

Judges order visit to diamond site

The judges in the Bushmen court case have ordered that the whole court will fly to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, to establish whether preparations for diamond mining are taking place there.

Government acted illegally, admits witness

A government witness has admitted that his department stopped issuing hunting licences to Bushmen living in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, even though it had no legal right to do so.

Witness makes mockery of government argument

Government witness Joseph Matlhare has made a mockery of the argument that the Bushmen were evicted because provision of services in their reserve was 'too expensive'.

Government lies on Bushman hunting exposed

A government witness in the Bushman court case admitted yesterday that there was no evidence that Bushmen living in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve had been hunting using guns and vehicles, or hunting too many animals.

Government expert witness fails to justify evictions

Testifying in the Bushman court case in Botswana yesterday, the government's expert witness in ecology and wildlife management said he felt it unnecessary to advance scientific reasons to back up the eviction of the Bushmen.

Government critic to be deported

A professor who has been a fierce critic of the lack of democracy in Botswana is to be deported. Professor Ken Good lost his appeal against deportation earlier today, and was taken from the court by plain-clothes police.