Resources

Toolkit on Indigenous women's rights in Africa

Forest Peoples Programme has created this toolkit to help indigenous women in Africa to better understand the African human rights system and how to use it effectively to secure their rights.

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. 

Toolkit on Indigenous women's rights in Africa - Information note #3: The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa: A mechanism for promoting the rights of women throughout the African continent

This Information Note forms part of a new Forest Peoples Programme publication entitled Indigenous women’s rights and the African human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms that was be launched on April 28, 2011 during the session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia.

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.