By Samuel Nnah Ndobe. The notion of indigenous people has sometimes been controversial in Africa. There are some opinions that consider all Africans as indigenous people liberated from colonial powers, while others simply stress that it is very difficult to determine who is indigenous in Africa.
The recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights is a recent development on the African continent. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has, over the last decade, given heightened attention to indigenous peoples’ rights, notably through the creation of its Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (WGIP) in 2000. This is mostly due to the efforts of civil society organisations which have documented the obstacles faced by indigenous peoples in the enjoyment of their individual and collective rights, and which have brought the many instances where these rights have been violated to the attention of the Commission.
A supplementary report submitted in connection with Cameroon’s 15th-19th periodic reports (CERD/C/CMR/19)
Commentaires sur l’IPDP du PSFE et du PNDP
Submitted by Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Réseau Recherches Actions Concertées Pygmées (RACOPY) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)