Boycott Botswana, tourists told

2013-09-27 09:00

London - Survival International, an organisation working for the rights of tribal peoples' rights, is launching a boycott of Botswana tourism on World Tourism Day, accusing the country's government of continual attempts to force the Bushmen off their ancestral land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), while promoting the reserve as a tourist destination.

The organisation has written to a number of tour operators including Trailfinders, Intrepid and Absolute Travel urging them to suspend their trips to Botswana and will be launching a new advertising campaign in travel magazines around the world.

They also announced in a press release that they will urge over a hundred thousand supporters to join the boycott and write to Botswana's Minister of Tourism telling him "I'm not coming to Botswana" until the harassment of the Bushmen stops. 

According to Survival International the Bushmen have suffered persecution by the government for decades, and in three waves of evictions, in 1997, 2002 and 2005, they were forced out of the CKGR. But a landmark court case in 2006 restored their right to live and hunt in the reserve.

According to The Telegraph, the boycott was triggered by the rejection of an attempt to overturn a law requiring Bushmen to have permits to enter their traditional hunting grounds on the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

Survival International has previously called for a boycott of the country, back in 2010, after the government sealed off access to a borehole on the reserve.

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