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.
This Information Note forms part of a Forest Peoples Programme publication entitled Indigenous women's rights and the African human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms that was launched on April 28, 2011 during the session of the African Commission on Human and
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.
13-28 May 2009, Banjul, Gambia
Provides information on the situation of the indigenous Batwa people of Uganda and comments on Uganda's First Periodic Report to the Commission
This report is part of a series of country-specific reports produced by the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities.
This report is part of a series of country-specific reports produced by the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities.The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) adopted this report at its 43rd Ordinary Session, 7-22 May 2008
Commissioner Soyata Maiga, Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa, heard directly from indigenous women about the difficulties that they and their communities face, at a special event held at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
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.
Nadine Mballa, CED, Cameroon
Why have you decided to attend the African Commission? I came here because FPP gave me the opportunity. I am working on the indigenous issue and the African Commission allows NGO representatives to speak on human rights issues. I am here to try to bring awareness of violations of indigenous peoples' rights in my country.
Report by the Government of Uganda to the African Comission on Human and Peoples' rights presented at the 44th ordinary session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, November 10th - 24th 2008
Presented at the 44th Ordinary Session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria 10-24 November 2008. Read the report in English here.
Forest peoples and indigenous women speak out at the 44th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights - Nigeria
Des peuples des forêts et des femmes autochtones prennent la parole à la 44ème Session ordinaire de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples - Nigéria