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Debswana is a joint venture between De Beers diamond mining company and the government of Botswana. De Beers owns the rights to mine diamonds in the Kalahari, and through Debswana, has played a key role in evicting indigenous Kalahari Bushmen from their land. According to Lord Pearson of Rannoch – a Peer in the British House of Lords, "Many of them (Kalahari Bushmen) felt that they had been evicted because Debswana wanted their land for its diamonds". [1]

Debswana is a client of Hill & Knowlton, one of the largest public relations firms in the United States. Hill & Knowlton claims on its website that "an information campaign generated support [for Debswana] among members of Congress, UK Parliamentarians, Members of the Japanese Diet and Members of the European Parliament, as well as numerous media outlets." [2].


Accessed May 2009: [1]


Debswana House P.O. Box 329,
Gaborone, Botswana
Telephone: +267 3951 131/3614 200
Facsimile: +267 3956 110 or +267 395 2941

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  1. Directors, , accessed May 3, 2009.