Blue Planet Project Founder Maude Barlow; Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly; and Focus on the Global South Executive Director, Pablo Solón Romero, have sent a letter to Botswanan President Ian Khama to express their solidarity with the Kalahari Bushmen whose rights continue to be violated by the Botswana government.

Despite court rulings establishing the rights of the Bushmen to access drinking water and live freely on their ancestral land, the government of Botswana continues to persecute its first peoples. They have been prevented from hunting and are forced to apply for permits to enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

For the past several years, the Kalahari Bushmen have been fighting for their rights against the interests of the diamond and tourism industries. And now the government has allowed Tlou Energy to explore for coal bed methane within the reserve without the free, prior and informed consent of the Kalahari Bushmen.

Please join Maude, Father Miguel and Pablo in urging the Botswana government to respect the rights of indigenous peoples in the Kalahari.

Read the letter to President Khama.

For more information on the struggle of the Kalahari Bushmen and to take action visit: http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/bushmen

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