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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...

Kenya: The customary bylaws of the Chepkitale Ogiek of Mount Elgon 

As a result of an intense community process of mapping and dialogue, the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, have written down their customary bylaws for the first time, in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources.As one Ogiek community member explains:"We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had...

Kenya: Stop forced eviction of indigenous Sengwer/Cherangany people 

We are deeply concerned by the forced eviction, and consequent other human rights violations, that threaten the forest life and forest homes of the 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).We appeal to the Government and Parliament of Kenya and to the UN organs responsible for guarding and securing the fundamental rights of such...

MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....

Kenya: Hindus urge Kenyatta to visit Kisumu Sikh Temple to show support  

Hindus have urged Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Samoei Ruto to show strong political will to take care of country’s minorities in view of recent Kisumu incidents.Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, reminded Kenyatta of his “core value” to "treat everyone fairly". Zed pointed out to Ruto that if he wanted to "Transform Kenya into an...

Kenya: Campaign against harmful beading culture in Samburu communities 

They are beautiful when worn around the neck. But unknown to many, some beads symbolize bondage to young girls from the Samburu and Rendile communities who inhabit Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties.While some parents buy the beads for their daughters, others wait for the community warriors (morans) to give them; a gesture that announces the commencement of an intimate relationship. This relationship is...

Kenya: Preparing for REDD in the Embobut Forest and forcing Sengwer People “into extinction” 

Last year the Government of Kenya was getting “ready” for REDD in the Embobut Forest, now it is violently evicting the Sengwer People and forcing them “into extinction.” According to Survival International, “as many as a thousand homes have already been torched.”Sengwer spokesman Yator Kiptum denounced the “disaster” caused by combined force of the Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of...

SWM 2014: Kenya/Tanzania - Defending land rights in the face of hate speech 

Case study by Laura A. YoungIn their efforts to secure their land rights, indigenous peoples regularly become the subject of hate speech and hate crimes. Like other human rights defenders and like many marginalized groups, when they speak out or take other action to defend their rights indigenous peoples find themselves charged with crimes such as incitement to violence, criminal trespass or hate speech....

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

Kenya: Photo story - Maasai forced from homes by power project in Hell's Gate National Park  

Hell’s Gate National Park, near Lake Naivasha in Kenya, is well-known for its wildlife and stunning scenery.  It is also the traditional home of the Maasai, who have strong cultural and religious attachments to the area. However, the area has been hugely destroyed by the construction of four large power stations, for geothermal energy (Olkaria I-IV), and proposed further development now threatens both the...

SWM 2015: Kenya - Urban migration and the loss of traditional culture among Endorois youth 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rebecca MarlinIndigenous Endorois had inhabited Lake Bogoria for centuries when, in the 1970s, the Kenyan government forcibly removed them from their ancestral land. Their eviction brought to an end a unique way of life rich with culture and tradition, and they have been advocating for the rightful return of their land ever since. Despite a 2010...

Kenya: Being Maasai - Photo story 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Maasai Mara, the land of the Maasai in Narok, Kenya. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. This photo story gives you a few snapshots of the traditional...

Kenya: Minority within the minority - The Ogiek in Narok. Photo story. 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya inhabited mostly by the Ogiek people. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. These photos share the moments of...

Kenya: Inspection panel faults World Bank for ‘noncompliance’ with own indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement policies  

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to discuss the Inspection Panel investigation of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project. The $330 million IDA project, approved in May 2010, aims to increase the capacity, efficiency, and quality of electricity supply as well as expand access to electricity in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. The Inspection Panel’s investigation responded...

MRG Podcast: February 2016 

Welcome to MRG’s February 2016 Minority Voices podcast. This month we ask Maasai women for their views on female circumcision in Kenya, and tune in to the melodic sounds of the Garifuna of Central America. ...

Kenya: Is the new constitution a 'magic bullet' for challenges facing minorities?  

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity. New constitution-making has surged in agrarian economies since 1990, correspondent to significant political change (multi-partyism in particular) and a surge in globalisation, and of which, among other trends, the noted surge in large-scale land acquisition...

Ethiopia/Kenya/South Sudan: African Dam Project Threatens Massive Armed Conflict, Human and Environmental Devastation 

This extensive report details the catastrophy facing indigenous pastoralists, agropastoralists and fishers in the tri-nation border region of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. It was posted in 2013 on the internet and is the predecessor to the more extensive book forthcoming (in April 2016) with Springer-Verlag Publishing, entitled, "River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — a Policy Crossroads." Construction of...

Kenya: Indigenous Women and the LAPSSET Corridor in Laikipia and Isiolo counties 

Unclear land tenure, overlapping land, land grabbing and creation of conservation is a major issue faced by the indigenous peoples living along the LAPSSET Corridor (Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor). Most of these territories occupied by indigenous peoples often do not hold formal title to their lands and their land rights are therefore not recognized or protected by the governments, hence causing...

Kenya: Cattle raiding in Baringo County 

The Immortal Raiders of BaringoInterventions from the Kenyan government have been seen by residents to yield more conflict in the cattle rustling torn area of Baringo South, flooring speculation that the continued raids are a daring message to the government.Constant accusations of aggression by the neighboring Pokot Community, said to invade Endorois ancestral lands who are a minority and indigenous community, and causing loss...

Kenya: My panty, my health, my dignity 

My name is Maureen Bii from the Ogiek community living in the Mau Forest,Nessuit village. I have been inspired by the young girls and boys who amid difficult situations they face, they still hope for a better future. One most challenge they face is sexual abuse from young and old men they look up to for support and care.In many instances,its their own...


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