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stabbed over candidate choice
(Publication Date: 11/18/2002) Nation-FM
Radio - A man stabbed his friend to death after differing
over the right candidate for the Tinet civic ward in Molo.
EXPERT REGIONAL MEETING ON
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH AFRICA
Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit - PRESS RELEASE - 16th-18th October 2002
- Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) - Cape Town, South Africa
-- Important delegates to a historic meeting of African Indigenous Peoples in the
Commonwealth held this week in Cape Town, dealt with the issues of
Commonwealth responsibility to Indigenous Peoples. The meeting sought to bring to an end the ‘invisibility’ of Indigenous Peoples in
Commonwealth Africa, thus requiring the member States to give due attention to
their human rights and land rights. As a first step member states must identify and
acknowledge their Indigenous Peoples, including full demographic information.
in appeal for land
(September 11, 2002) Squatters
in Nandi and Uasin Gishu forests yesterday urged the Government to
fulfil a promise to resettle them.In a meeting at Serengonik along
the two districts borders, the 1,500 members of the Ogiek
community said they were tired of living as squatters, "in
our own country nearly 40 years after independence."
(Kenya) Pour la défense des terres
ancestrales des Ogiek Montagnes de Mau, forêt de Tinet (Décembre
1999 - juillet 2002, centre-ouest du Kenya)
Voisins des éleveurs Massaï, les
Ogiek, peuple de chasseur-cueilleur, sont aujourd'hui menacés par
la perte de leur territoire ancestral.
Indigenous Group Faces October 1 Court Date
(September 1, 2002) On October 1, an indigenous group living in
Kenya's Mau Forest is scheduled to have its case heard in the
country's High Court. The hearing is the latest attempt by the
Ogiek people's long effort to protect their forest homeland from
SUMMIT 2002 - Drawbacks and Shortcomings
(May 14, 2002) - Massive Pullout from World Summit - Many groups
from around the world say NO to their earlier planned
participation at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD)
in Johannesburg later this year.
degradation and the way ahead for conservation efforts
(May 5 , 2002) WRM BULLETIN 58
- Environmental degradation
seems to have taken a sad toll in Kenya. As many as 12 people were
killed in a landslide at Kanyakine, Meru Central District, where
deforestation has laid bare hill slopes where trees used to
perform the function of holding the soil together.
blocks forest excisions
(April 24, 2002) (IRIN) -
Environmental activists in Kenya have welcomed a court order
temporarily blocking the Kenyan government's plans to excise some
70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) of the country's remaining
forests, pending the hearing of a suit they have filed challenging
anti-excision case deferred as judge warns government attorney
(April 23, 2002) Once again, the Ogiek's case has been rescheduled
because of the Kenyan government's failure to file the necessary
education session for the Ogiek community
22, 2002) A
man roasts meat during a civic education session for the Ogiek
community at Karandit Tinet, Molo, at the weekend. The session was
sponsored by the Ogiek Welfare Council.
cabinet minister now supports Ogiek
11, 2002) A senior Kenyan cabinet minister has asked the Ogiek
and Maasai tribes who were being evicted from Enoosopukia (in
Narok District) to defy the order.
Communities defy quit order
(April 10, 2002) Ogiek and Maasai
communities yesterday defied a government order to leave
hunter-gatherers Another African land-grab
(April 4 , 2002) MAU
FOREST: In Kenya, it is
politically correct to burn forests and evict indigenous people
- On a high slope above the Great Rift
Valley, Kiprono Sigilai, a hunter-gatherer, sniffs the breeze,
smells smoke and deduces that an election is coming.
Ogiek diaspora is threatened
(April 3, 2002) Some pockets of Ogiek community who live in Narok
district in southwestern Kenya are on the verge of eviction from
the land they have resided in for ages.
Focus on forest excisions
(March 29, 2002) NAIROBI,
- Environmental activists in Kenya are going to court to challenge
a decision by President Daniel arap Moi's government to de-gazette
some 4 percent of the country's remaining forests. They say the
excision will result in a devastating impact on the country's
Kenya's Ogiek Face Eviction From Forest Homeland
(March 28, 2002) The rights group Survival International is charging that a traditional hunter-gatherer community in Kenya is facing destitution because of government plans to cut down their forest home.
Now, a Global -
Drive to Save Mau Forest
25, 2002) A TOP environmental
pressure group has called for international pressure to be put on
the Kenyan government to stop the cutting down of huge swathes of
the Mau forest.
(March 13, 2002) The Guardian's James Astill reports on
the threat to the Ogiek and its concomitant disastrous implications
for Kenya's environment. [The Guardian]
forest tribe under threat
(March 6, 2002) The BBC's Nairobi correspondent Ishbel Matheson
details the current plight of the Ogiek. [BBC]
destruction for the benefit of government cronies
- WRM BULLETIN 55 - February
2002 - Kenya's ecosystems are
on the edge, unable to continue providing water, plant materials
and other basic human needs to its burgeoning population.
issues new decree on forests
(February 22, 2002) Kenya's president Daniel arap Moi issued
a statement yesterday stopping the allocation of Kenyan forest,
but many are skeptical that it will have any effect.
false start for Ogiek case
21, 2002) The Ogiek indigenous community today expressed frustration
after their court case was once again rescheduled to April 23.
Building On The Indigenous In Constitution Making
By Professor Bethwell A. Ogot Director, Institute Of Research And Postgraduate Studies, Maseno University, Kenya.
- 07-02-2002 - At the Constitution Of Kenya Review Commission Seminar On Culture, Ethics
And Ideology At The Great Rift Lodge. Naivasha. 7th February 2002
Response Campaign ( extern link !
GR Action 01/02 - Protect Forests and Indigenous Peoples /
Kenya - Jan-Feb 2002
excision could turn Kenya into desert
ISSUE No. 28 - JANUARY
2002 - Perennial
forest excisions in Kenya could in the near future convert the
country into a desert. Latest
researches reveal gloom as authorities flounder on their cardinal
responsibilities to conserve the remaining forests in the country.
there’s hue and cry over wanton destruction of forestland around
Mt. Kenya and the Mau forest to the West of the country, both Key
Water Catchments areas, known to anchor the livelihoods of
millions of Kenyans.
Excisions: US Activists Rally Support for the Ogiek
(January 28, 2002)
ENVIRONMENTAL AND human
rights campaigners in the US are working to rally international
opposition to the planned excision of 167,000 acres of forests in
president a beneficiary of Ogiek land, claims newspaper
(January 23, 2002) Members of Kenya's parliament demand that President
Daniel arap Moi explain allegations that he received allocations
of forest land.
Kenya's rulers clear way for drought and disaster by felling
(16.01.2002) FEARS OF an environmental disaster are growing in
Kenya because President Daniel arap Moi's government is pushing
ahead with plans to clear vast areas of forest before elections
later this year.
Plot to Legalise Forest Excisions
(January 14, 2002) LAST
YEAR'S controversial degazettement of 167,000 acres of forest land
in Kenya was meant to regularise the excisions of forests that had
been going on in the country for the past two decades.
riddle of when rules and rights conserve forests
(January 5, 2002) Some places
have dense populations and strong economic incentives to destroy
forests yet somehow protect them. Meanwhile, forests are vanishing
fast in other areas with much less population pressure and weaker
market forces driving forest loss.
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