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IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
The Commission filed the Application on behalf of the Ogiek of the Mau Forest, an indigenous community in the Republic of Kenya. The Ogiek allege that they have lived since time immemorial in the Mau Forest in Kenya’s Rift Valley, relying on it for food, shelter and identity, and therefore that their very survival depends on it. They also allege that they have been routinely subjected to arbitrary forced evictions from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest without consultation or compensation, and that this has had a detrimental impact on the Ogiek’s pursuit of their traditional lifestyle, religious and cultural life, access to natural resources on their land and, more generally, access to education, health services and justice; all of which are safeguarded under the African Charter.
The Commission wishes to underscore the novelty of this Application, in that, it demonstrates the practical implementation of the complementary protective mandates of the Commission and the Court, under the Protocol establishing the Court. It is also the first case of peoples’ rights under the African Charter which the Court will adjudicate upon, as well as the first case involving indigenous peoples in Africa.
In the Case, the Commission’s legal team will be supported by Bahame Tom Nyanduga (Lead Counsel) and PALU Lawyers Don Deya and Selemani Kinyunyu.
The Public Hearing of the Application can be followed through the Court’s live stream webpagehere on the indicated hearing dates.
Click here to read the official Press Release.
For further information, please contact:
Attention: Abiola Idowu-Ojo / Marie-Saine Firdaus
Secretariat, African Commission
31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District
PO Box 673
Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: 220 4410505/6
Fax: 220 4410504