PRESS RELEASE:Upcoming Public Hearing of Application 006/2012-African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights v.The Republic of Kenya 27-28/11/2014

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26 November 2014, Banjul, The Gambia – The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, wishes to inform the general public that the public hearing ofApplication 006/12 – African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights V. Kenya, on Preliminary Objections/Admissibility/Merits before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) will take place from 27 to 28 November 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The Application emanates from Communication 381/09 – Centre for Minority Rights Development – Kenya and Minority Rights Group International (on behalf of the Ogiek Community of the Mau Forest) V. Kenya, which was before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), and later referred to the Court on 12 July 2012, in accordance with Articles 45(2) and 58 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), Articles 2, 3 and 5 (1)(a) of the Protocol establishing the Court, Rule 29(3) of the Rules of Procedure of the Court 2010 and Rules 84 (2), 118(2) & (3) of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission 2010, on account of serious or massive violations of human rights and non-compliance with Provisional Measures issued by the Commission to the Respondent State.

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
Western Region
PO Box 673
Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: 220 4410505/6
Fax: 220 4410504


ACHPR – Revised announcement

Dear All, please find below fyi. The  announcement below replaceS the
version posted yesterday.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission)
hereby informs the general public that the 56th Ordinary Session which
was scheduled for 01 to 17 December 2014 has been postponed due to the
prevailing situation in West Africa (Ebola outbreaks in Guinea, Sierra
Leone,Liberia, and now Mali), as part of the Commission’s own
contribution towards the containment of the virus, and also to avoid
putting the Commission’s gracious Host Country at any risk. New dates
will be communicated in due course.

The Commission regrets the inconvenience caused, and counts on
everyone’s understanding and continued collaboration.


La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples (la
Commission) informe le public que sa 56ème Session ordinaire prévue du
1er au 17 décembre 2014 vient d’être reportée en raison de la
situation actuelle en Afrique de l’Ouest (la pandémie d’Ebola en
Guinée, au Sierra Leone au Liberia et maintenant au Mali), dans le
cadre de la contribution de la Commission visant à endiguer le virus,
et afin d’éviter de mettre à risque le pays hôte accueillant la
Session de la Commission.   Les nouvelles dates de ladite Session
seront communiquées en temps opportun. La Commission regrette tout
désagrément éventuel et continue à compter sur la bonne compréhension
et la collaboration de tous.

Postponement of 56th Session of the ACHPR

Dear Partners,

Please be informed that the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which was scheduled to be held from 1-17 December 2014 has been postponed by the African Commission. The African Commissions informs that new dates for the Session will be communicated in due course.

Consequently, the NGOs Forums which was also scheduled to be held from 28-30 November, 2014 has been postponed.

While thanking you for your kind understanding, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


La traduction de Google :

Chers partenaires ,

Se il vous plaît être informé que la 56ème session ordinaire de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples qui a été prévue pour être tenue 1-17 Décembre 2014 a été reportée par la Commission africaine . Les commissions africains informe que de nouvelles dates pour la session seront communiquées en temps voulu.

Par conséquent , les forums ONG qui a également été prévue pour être tenue 28-30 Novembre , 2014 a été reportée .
En vous remerciant pour votre compréhension , se il vous plaît accepter nos excuses pour la gêne occasionnée