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Letter to UNESCO reiterating concerns over the designation of the Lake Bogoria site as a World Heritage Site without obtaining the FPIC of the Endorois

The Endorois Welfare Council, IWGIA, Minority Rights Group and Forest Peoples Programme have written to UNESCO to express their continued concerns over the designation of the Lake Bogoria site (in Kenya) as a World Heritage Site without obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of the Endorois, who are the rightful owners of the land in and around the site. 

Kenya - Protected area violates indigenous peoples' rights says African Commission

A 'landmark' decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has affirmed the right of the Endorois pastoralists of Kenya to own their customary lands and to 'free, prior and informed consent', rights which were violated when they were removed from a protected area. The decision invokes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and draws on the findings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The case has major implications vindicating the right of all indigenous peoples to restitution for lands taken without their consent to create national parks and reserves.

Summary of decision and press release from MRG International.

Indigenous people and civil society representatives prepare to advocate at the African Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

 

The opening ceremony of the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights took place yesterday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Attending the ceremony were 10 indigenous and civil society delegates from Central Africa, supported by Forest Peoples Programme. The delegates are taking the opportunity of the Session to directly inform the Commission of the issues facing indigenous peoples in their home countries.