sidney harring on diamond mining and the namibian san


Sidney L. Harring, ‘Diamond Exploration and the San in Namibia: Toward a Legal History’, Environmental Justice 5, 5 (2012).

The Ju/’hoansi are a poor people with few resources living in the Kalahari Desert along the border between Namibia and Botswana. In Namibia, 200 of them occupy their traditional lands in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, living under customary law with some measure of control over their lands. Diamond exploration occurs in many parts of Namibia but includes substantial instrusion on Ju/’hoansi lands, with almost no legal protections. Namibia, as a developing nation with its own problems, relies extensively on diamond exports and has a mining law that encourages these explorations. In a world with increasing demands on natural resources, existing legal regimes to protect indigenous peoples are inadequate.

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