African Court issues historic ruling protecting rights of Kenya's Ogiek Community

26 November 2014

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights is set to hear on Thursday November 27 and 28, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia a case brought before it by the Ogiek peoples against the Kenyan government for consistent violations and denial of their land rights.

The Ogiek are one of the last remaining forest-dwelling communities and one of the most marginalised indigenous peoples in Kenya. The Ogiek allege violation of their rights to life, property, natural resources, development, religion and culture by the Kenyan government under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, to which Kenya is a signatory. Read more...

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