The Sengwer Indigenous People have suffered severe human rights violations at the hands of the Kenyan Government.
These Briefs were prepared for rural community leaders in Kenya. The major and longer document (Brief 3), identifies legal support and constraints for community land security in Kenya. This is prefaced by overviews of the situation globally (Brief 1), and in Africa (Brief 2).
Calls are being made for the Finnish government to suspend a €9.5 million fund to the Kenya Forest Service because of escalating human rights abuses of the country’s indigenous Sengwer people.
17 January 2018: The European Union has suspended a multi-million euro project in the face of mounting evidence that its funds were being used to carry out violent human rights abuses.
41-year-old Robert Kirotich has today been shot by EU-funded guards working for the Kenya Forestry Service. Another wounded man, David Kipkosgei Kiptilkesi was taken away by the guards and his condition unknown.
Three independent experts appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes.
Nairobi, December 29, 2017 – In a remote region of Kenya this week, a government agency — flush with funds from the European Union—is sending armed security guards house to house
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.
How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity.