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Propriété communautaire au Kenya – Risques et possibilités

La présentation jointe (disponible uniquement en anglais) a été exposée lors d’un « Forum communautaire sur la réduction des menaces à la sécurité foncière des communautés au Kenya », qui s’est tenu à Nairobi les 14 et 15 juin 2018.

Where next for the Sengwer and the EU WaTER Project?

The violence the Sengwer have been experiencing at the hands of KFS has continued, but a series of subsequent events and reports have emphasised that a radical restructuring of the EU funded WaTER projects is required before it can be resumed. 

Qu’adviendra-t-il des Sengwer et du projet WaTER de l’UE ?

Les violences subies par les Sengwer aux mains du KFS se sont poursuivies, mais plusieurs événements et rapports qui ont suivi les faits ont souligné qu’une refonte complète du projet WaTER financé par l’UE est nécessaire avant qu’il ne puisse reprendre.

Call to respond to the threats to the Sengwer

A powerful press conference was held this morning, 4 January 2018, in Nairobi, attended by over 20 press representatives and 26 Sengwer community members. Milka Chepkorir and Yator Kiptum spoke powerfully about the suffering their Sengwer community are experiencing at the hands of the Kenya Forest Service.

Sengwer Women of Embobut forest call for help

More than 22 times now, our community has been forcefully evicted from our ancestral land in Embobut forest, Cherangany Hills, by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), a government agency that is supposed to be responsible for the protection of forests in the country.

Violence escalates against the Sengwer of Embobut Forest, Kenya

Shortly after a visit from an EU delegation last week, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) guards based at Tangul, Kipsitono and Maron KFS camps carried out intensive evictions according to Sengwer witnesses, with KFS allegedly having since burnt down over 90 Sengwer homes and destroyed their property.

How can the EU WaTER Project help secure, not undermine, human rights in Kenya?

There is increasing concern from local, national and international civil society about the human rights implications of the EU’s €31 million Water Tower Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Project (WaTER) that is focused on an area of Kenya with deeply troubling human rights issues.

Sengwer Women’s Experiences of Evictions

Since the 1960s, the Sengwer peoples of western Kenya have been experiencing forced evictions from their home in the name of conservation. Since 2014, these evictions have intensified.

Enough is Enough - Stop the continued arrests and evictions of Sengwer forest indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands in Embobut Forest

In a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Sengwer call [on the President] to "stop the continued arrests and evictions of our Sengwer forest indigenous peoples from our ancestral lands (our community land) in Kaptirpai, Koropkwen and Kapkok glades in Embobut forest. We want our rights to live in, govern, manage and own our ancestral lands in the glades of Embobut forest recognized, secured, respected and protected in law, working hand in hand with state agencies to ensure effective and efficient conservation and protection of forests, water, wildlife and other natural resources therein".

Conserving injustice: The unnecessary ongoing eviction and displacement of Sengwer communities in Embobut

The Sengwer community at Embobut has been dispersed, with most still living in their forests and glades high in the Cherangany Hills despite the evictions by the Government’s Kenya Forest Service (KFS). There they hide from the forest guards’ harassment, from having their now makeshift and temporary homes burnt and basic household property destroyed, as well as from being threatened with arrest despite the existence of a High Court injunction forbidding such harassment and evictions.

Maintien des injustices : la poursuite d’expulsions inutiles et du déplacement des communautés sengwer d’Embobut

La communauté sengwer d’Embobut a été dispersée, et une bonne partie vit encore dans ses forêts et clairières sur les hauteurs des montagnes de Cherangany Hills, malgré les expulsions du Service forestier du gouvernement du Kenya (KFS). Ses membres s’y cachent face au harcèlement des gardes forestiers, aux incendies des maisons temporaires qui sont devenues les leurs, et à la destruction des biens essentiels des ménages, ainsi que face à la menace d'arrestations, en dépit de l'existence d'une injonction de la Cour suprême interdisant ce harcèlement et ces expulsions.

Kenyan Government’s forced evictions threaten cultural survival of the Sengwer

The lead article in the last FPP E-Newsletter focused on the superb progress the Ogiek of Chepkitale, Mount Elgon, Kenya, have made in their efforts to secure their forests and livelihoods by writing down their sustainability bylaws and embarking on the process of enforcing them. This process has resulted in their arresting charcoal burners, and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has now begun to restrict some of the charcoal burners’, as well as encroaching agriculturalist activities that were leading to the destruction of the indigenous forest. 

Les expulsions forcées du gouvernement kenyan menacent la survie culturelle des Sengwer

L’article central du dernier bulletin d’information du FPP se penchait sur les magnifiques avancées de la communauté Ogiek de Chepkitale, établie sur le Mont Elgon au Kenya, suite aux efforts fournis pour préserver ses forêts et ses moyens de subsistance  en documentant pour la première fois ses règles coutumières ainsi qu’en se lançant dans le processus de mise en application de ces règles. Ce mécanisme a entraîné l’arrestation des charbonniers. Aussi, le service des forêts du Kenya (KFS- Kenya Forest Service) a désormais commencé à limiter le recours à certains charbonniers, ainsi que les activités agricoles qui empiétaient sur les terres, et conduisaient à la destruction des forêts autochtones.