Botswana: Tribal coalition calls for end to "assimilationist policies"
Donald Z. Osborn
dzo at BISHARAT.NET
Fri Mar 26 15:39:43 UTC 2004
Of possible interest (from Pambazuka News #149):
BOTSWANA: TRIBAL COALITION CALLS FOR END TO 'ASSIMILATIONIST POLICIES'
A coalition of thirteen associations of non-Tswana speaking ethnic
groups in Botswana, including the Wayeyi tribal community, have raised
their concerns over 'assimilationist policies' which deny their
linguistic and cultural rights and leave them marginalized. Calling for
dialogue with the government, the coalition representative stated that
non-Tswana speaking groups are not recognized or consulted on decisions
affecting their lives through their chiefs, lack rights to land, and do
not have their languages used in education, the national radio and
other social domains.
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