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Kenyan tribe battles government over fate of forest
1999) NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- A
small rural tribe is taking the Kenyan government to court over
the fate of precious forest land where tribe members have lived
for as long as anyone can remember. The
5,000-member Ogiek tribe hunts and gathers in the Rift Valley
Tinet Forests, about 120 miles northwest of Nairobi. The Ogiek
also harvest rich honey from forest beehives.
World Bank Monitoring Developments over Karura Forest in Kenya
(September 02, 1999) NAIROBI, Kenya (PANA, 02/08/99) - The World Bank says it is keenly
monitoring the destruction of Nairobi's Karura forest and how Kenyans
would react to the affair. The bank's vice president, Ismail
Serageldin, said Monday in Nairobi
during a meeting with a environmetalist Wangari Mathai that the (global)
environmental issue was high in the bank's agenda, as most countries were
destruction a threat to languages
(August 26, 1999) The
diversity of languages is being eroded by the unabating
destruction of the environment, the United Nations Environment
Programme has said.
end to unjust land deals?
(August 16, 1999) A recent announcement by the Kenyan government
promises an end to a long line of corrupt land allocations. [BBC]
(August 8, 1999) John Kariuki - LAST
month, thousands of Kenyans living in Nairobi and surrounding
districts thronged to the Bomas of Kenya, a stateowned cultural
centre, to witness the first public display of Masai rites of
passage. For seven days, those
who attended, many of them Kenyans of non-Masai origin, were able
to watch the morans (young Masai men) conduct mock cattle raids
and demonstrate how to kill a lion. Though the lions had to be
imagined, real bulls were killed as part of the ceremonial closing
event marking the completion of the morans' passage from boyhood
Ogiek cause through art
(June 25, 1999) By KAPLICH
BARSITO - Budding artist
Patrick Tuwei, has no mystic air around him common with
accomplished artists, but his paintings have the rare ability to
provoke an upsurge of emotion. For him, there is no better source
of inspiration to painting a good picture than the tribulations of
his Ogiek people and their unique lifestyle practised deep in
Tinet forest in Molo.
Leave Ogiek community
(June 25, 1999) The government was yesterday
restrained from evicting 5,000 members of the Ogiek community from
a forest in Nakuru.
KENYA: OGIEK NEED YOUR ACTION NOW
- FINAL JUSTICE MUST COME NEXT WEEK !
WILD_ROAR, issue 19.06.99 ,
ECOTERRA Intl. - Thanks to a world-wide protest and a wise judgement,
the Nakuru High Court ruled that the injunction against the attempts to evict an
Ogiek community of more then 5.000 people from Tinet Forest, their ancestral homeland, will stand now permanently
until the final word in the case is spoken.
OGIEK MINORITY PROTESTS
WILD_ROAR, issue 15.06.99 - ECOTERRA Intl.- Kenya's Chief Justice Zacchaeus Chesoni has not yet
given directions to the High Court of Kenya in Nakuru, who requested
advise concerning the number of judges, who will have to decide over a pending civil case, in which more than 5000
members of the community of the Ogiek seek orders permanently restraining
District Commissioner John Litunda from effecting his threat of evicting the Ogiek families from Tinet Forest against
the decision of the President of the Republic of Kenya.
(June 4,1999) ECOTERRA Intl.- OGIEK
honey hunters vs the THE HIGH COURT of the Republic of Kenya - No
final justice yet - only two weeks grace period gained.
threaten Ogiek group
By NATION Correspondent - Forest
guards at Kirandit in Tinet Settlement Scheme yesterday threatened
to evict members of the Ogiek community unless they move out
voluntarily by today.
: PLEASE POST WIDELY AND SUPPORT!
(May 28, 1999) To: ALL NOBLE PEOPLE SUPPORTING SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES RIGHTS - The Ogiek people have lived from time immemorial in
the forests of the Mau escarpment, Kenya. By tradition, they are a
hunter-gatherer people, especially famed as harvesters of honey, which they
consume themselves and exchange with their neighbours.
group in plea for security
(May 28, 1999) The
5,016-member Ogiek community given a 14-day quit notice from Tinet
settlement scheme have petitioned the government to protect them
against alleged external harassment.
forest hit by degradation
(March 11, 1999) Mau Forest in
Nakuru District is faced with serious environmental degradation
problems, a report presented at a natural resources management
Kuloba probe on, case taken
(January 9, 1999) Bribery allegations against Mr
Justice Richard Kuloba will be investigated by the
Attorney-General, the Chief Justice ruled yesterday. He also disqualified Justice Kuloba
from hearing the Duty Free case and re-assigned it to Kisii
resident judge, Mr Justice Tom Mbaluto.
MPs, Maathai beaten at forest
(January 9, 1999) Protesters were whipped and beaten
when they tried to plant seedlings at the gates to Karura forest
yesterday.Violence flared after a three-hour
confrontation during which security men refused to allow the
demonstrators into the forest, parts of which have been allocated
to private developers.
PRESS RELEASE - IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 3rd August 1998
African Scientists Condemn Monsanto's Latest Tactics and Call for European Support:
At the weekend Monsanto published an advertisement as part of its controversial £1 million advertising
campaign. The ad is to persuade the European public that biotech will feed the world's growing
/ Okiek * - Emory University / Linguistic Anthropology
(1994) Okiek is a Southern Nilotic language, one of the related
languages of the Kalenjin branch of that language group. Other
Kalenjin languages are Kipsigis (the most similar to Kipchornwonek
Okiek), Nandi, Tuken, Keiyo, Sebei, Pokot, and Marakwet. Kalenjin
languages have been described by Tucker and Bryan (1966), Toweett
(1979), and Creider (1981). I have discussed Okiek linguistic
repertoires, lexical borrowing, and language use elsewhere (Kratz
1986, i.p.), as well as many aspects of Okiek verbal art (1988,
1989, 1990, 1991, 1994). I review here some of the most prominent
aspects of Okiek language structure.
- Mabo case highlights aboriginal land rights
1993 - Aboriginal leaders in Australia have rejected the Labor Government’s response to the controversial Mabo land-rights case. The High Court ruling in the case of Mabo vs Queensland in June 1992 overturned the assumption that Australia belonged to no-one before white colonization.
The Human Rights Situation of
Indigenous Peoples in Africa
Moringe Parkipuny, Member of Parliament, Ngorongoro, Tanzania -
Mr. Parkipuny delivered these remarks before the Sixth Session of
the United Nations ; Working Group on Indigenous Populations in
Geneve, Switzerland on August 3, 1989. -- Madam Chairperson,
fellow representatives and friends in the struggles of indigenous
peoples rights, first, I convey from Africa the message of unity
and resolute determination to consolidate the strive for our
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