Kenya: MRG's Head of Law addresses Ogiek about pending legal case

In July 2013, Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Ogiek of Nessuit location, Nakuru District, to explain the effect of a recent court ruling in the Ogiek's against the Government of Kenya, currently pending before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.  The first case of its kind to be considered by the African Court, the case challenges the Ogiek's eviction from their ancestral home and claims violations of their rights to property, natural resources, development, religion and culture under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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Just a few trees are all that remain of the forest at Nessuit location, Nakuru District. Much of the Mau Forest - the Ogiek's ancestral home - has been destroyed, as a result of land being given to non-Ogiek by the Government, and to make way for logging activities.
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Drawing on the external wall of Nessuit primary school, Nakuru Distric: one of a series of drawings used to educate the local children on a variety of topics.
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One of the classrooms at Nessuit Primary School. The school was visited on a Saturday as it was being used for a public meeting, so it was empty: but this only made the basic facilities all the more obvious. Routinely marginalised by their Government over a number of years, the Ogiek lack the provision of basic services such as education and healthcare.
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Lucy addresses over 150 Ogiek attendees at a public meeting at Nessuit, focusing on particular on the Ogiek's pending case before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights against the Kenyan Government.
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Ogiek attendees at the public meeting in Nessuit, discussing their pending African Court case. In conjunction with our partner organisation, OPDP, Lucy explained the relevance of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights recent provisional measures order. This order, issued in March 2013, requires that the Government immediately stop giving away land in the Mau Forest until the Court has issued a judgment in the case, and also that the Government cease any actions which would irreparably harm the case - such as, harassment or intimidation of the Ogiek.
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Lucy with many of the attendees at the Nessuit public forum. Copies of the provisional measures order were distributed to all the participants.
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Ogiek women, Nessuit location, Nakuru. In common with most minority and indigenous women, Ogiek women are in particularly vulnerable positions because they often come from poor socio-economic backgrounds and live in remote areas. They have little access to justice and in many cases face discrimination from the police and the judicial system because of their minority status and because of their gender.
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Ogiek woman, Nessuit location.
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Date: 11/10/2013

Countries:

Kenya

Categories:

Law/Legislation
Natural resources
Land Rights

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