Botswana: Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP 2:45 pm, 14th March 2011

My Lords, that is, of course, good news. However, as the Government of Botswana have overridden court judgments in the past, do Her Majesty's Government accept that we have perhaps a special responsibility in this matter, because we did, after all, give Botswana its constitution in 1966, and it has been consistently abused? Will the Government, as the noble Lord has indicated, pay particular attention to making sure that the Bushmen have free access to their reserve, to their water supply and, indeed, to new boreholes?