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By Ian Taylor, Gladys Mokhawa


It has been stated that diamonds are Botswana’s ally, yet with the
rise of the ‘conflict diamonds’ factor in overseas politics, spurred on in
the major via non-governmental enterprises, Botswana has felt compelled
to pass at the offensive to cajole the diamond-buying public that its
diamonds are ‘clean’ and legit. This ‘Diamonds for Development’
project has in fresh months been one of many major planks of Botswana’s
foreign coverage. although, a parallel NGO crusade round the factor of the
San Bushmen has emerged that, in response to perceptions linking diamonds
to the removing of the San from their houses, threatens Gaborone’s image
as a manufacturer of ‘clean’ diamonds.1 this text makes an attempt to provide an explanation for the
dynamics in the back of those matters presently bedevilling Botswana’s
relations with the surface world.

African Affairs (2003), 102, 261–283.

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Inside of a number of weeks of the campaign’s commence De Beers, on five October 1999, introduced that it will henceforth halt procuring diamonds from Angola. the corporate additionally claimed that it might be ‘reviewing’ its paying for operations within the DRC and Guinea. De Beers’s dealing with director Gary Ralfe introduced the choice in London, mentioning that the corporate shared ‘the world’s deep challenge over the continuing soreness of the folk of Angola’ due to civil struggle and was once involved that ‘some of the cash that have fuelled the conflict were derived from the unlawful sale of diamonds by way of the UNITA insurgent movement’. 24 worldwide Witness’s document and the crusade by means of deadly Transactions opposed to clash diamonds have been reinforced in January 2000 through the ebook via Partnership Africa Canada of its record, the guts of the problem: Sierra Leone, diamonds and human safeguard. 25 Importantly, this file validated that the clash diamonds factor was once now not limited to Angola yet used to be glaringly a pan-African challenge; it confirmed how the battle had develop into a canopy to interact in unlawful profit-making schemes revolving round the country’s diamonds. This record, mixed with sustained NGO strain and US congressional hearings on clash diamonds in may well 2000, ended in what turned referred to as the Kimberley method, pertaining to a sequence of intergovernmental conferences in a multilateral endeavour to forestall the alternate in clash diamonds, the 1st assembly being held in Kimberley in South 23. Holly Burkhalter of Physicians for Human Rights, quoted in ‘Diamond trade’s tragic flaw’, Washington submit (Washington, DC), 29 April 2001. 24. The Namibian (Windhoek), eight October 1999. 25. Ian Smillie, Lansana Gberie and Ralph Hazleton, the center of the problem: Sierra Leone, diamonds and human protection (Partnership Africa Canada, Ottawa, 2000). now not endlessly: BOTSWANA, clash DIAMONDS AND THE BUSHMEN 269 Africa (fittingly, the place diamonds have been first chanced on within the country). The UN normal meeting handed solution 55/56 on 1 December 2000 to mandate an improved Kimberley method, giving it the duty of drawing up specified proposals for a world certification scheme for tough diamonds. next conferences of the method have been held in Belgium (April 2001) the place there has been an research of controls in an effort to the identity of parts of minimal appropriate criteria for certifying tough diamonds; Moscow (June 2001), the place there has been a definition of proposals for minimal applicable criteria; London (September 2001); and Luanda (October 2001) the place the ultimate unique proposals for a world certification scheme have been agreed upon. the method resulted in Gaborone in November 2001 (see below). when a number of the kingdom administrations and stakeholders (for instance, the area Diamond Council and the realm Customs association) engaged within the approach, NGO strain used to be maintained by means of the book via worldwide Witness in June 2000 of its file clash Diamonds: probabilities for the identity, certification and keep an eye on of diamonds.

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