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Urgent appeal against the forced eviction of Sengwer communities in Kenya

We are deeply concerned by the forced evictions of the 6,000-7,000 Sengwer indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).

For many years the Government has been trying to move the indigenous inhabitants of Embobut off their land by burning their homes. They have done this in the name of a fortress conservation approach which seeks to remove local people from their lands. As IUCN and all pre-eminent conservation organisations now acknowledge, such an approach only ever makes the environmental situation worse, and adds a human rights disaster to the environmental crisis. The new President has taken what at first appeared to be a new approach: he came in November and promised them a small amount of money to move, however now that it is clear people are refusing to move, this is being followed up with this threat of imminent eviction.

La communauté ogiek de Chepkitale documente pour la première fois ses règles coutumières afin d'assurer la pérennité de la conservation de ses terres ancestrales et de ses ressources naturelles

« Nous n’avons jamais conservé.  C’est notre mode de vie qui conserve. Ces règles coutumières que nous avons depuis toujours, mais que nous n’avions pas mis par écrit jusqu’à maintenant. » À la suite d’un intense processus communautaire de cartographie et de dialogue, les Ogiek du Mont Elgon, au Kenya, ont rédigé la version définitive de leurs règlements, qui commencent par ces mots :