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.

La injusticia de la conservación: el desalojo y desplazamiento innecesarios en curso de comunidades Sengwer en Embobut

La comunidad Sengwer de Embobut ha sido dispersada, aunque la mayoría sigue viviendo en sus bosques y claros de la parte alta de las colinas de Cherangany a pesar de los desalojos efectuados por el Gobierno a través del Servicio Forestal de Kenia (KFS por sus siglas en inglés). Allí se esconden del acoso de los guardias forestales, de la quema de sus casas, ahora improvisadas y provisionales, y de la destrucción propiedades básicas que forman parte de sus hogares, así como de la amenaza de ser arrestados a pesar de la existencia de una orden judicial del Tribunal Superior que prohíbe dicho acoso y dichos desalojos.

Sengwer ask: "How can you ask for constructive dialogue, while you are destroying our homes?"

The burnings of Sengwer homes by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) resumed last week while at the same time, the Sengwer are expected to sit down tomorrow to discuss constructive ways forward with the same Government whose agencies burn their homes. This is intolerable to the Sengwer who are calling for an urgent meeting today with the organisers of tomorrow's International Colloquium - the World Bank and the Government of Kenya - so that such harassment can be stopped permanently before the talks begin.

Congo Basin communities and NGOs mobilise in response to growing palm oil threat in the region

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), local communities, and Indigenous people groups in the Congo Basin have convened to address the emerging challenges of palm oil development in the region. Hosted by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in Douala, Cameroon, meetings were held from December 2-4, 2014 attended by nearly 40 civil society experts and community leaders from over 25 organizations. Insightful presentations were made, and strategic reflections and discussions took place in order to address communities' challenges related to palm oil expansion in the region.