Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Kalahari Bushmen win victory for ancestral water rights

The Court of Appeal in Botswan has ruled that the Kalahari Bushmen have access to water on their ancestral lands.
The Bushmen appealed a 2010 High Court judgment that prevented them from accessing a well which they rely on for water. The panel of five Appeal Court judges has found that:

•the Bushmen have the right to use their old borehole, which the government had banned them from using
•the Bushmen have the right to sink new boreholes
•the government’s conduct towards the Bushmen amounted to ‘degrading treatment’.
•the government must pay the Bushmen’s costs in bringing the appeal.

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