Kenya: ruling in the Endorois case
The Endorois community in Kenya has been forcibly removed from their ancestral land around Lake Bogoria without prior consultation and adequate and effective compensation.
The Endorois people made an appeal/communication to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), and the African Commission has now made a ruling emphasizing that the evictions are in violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights . The African Commission recommends that the ancestral land rights of the Endorois be recognized and restituted, that the Endorois community should have unrestricted access to Lake Bogoria, that compensation should be paid to the community for all the loss suffered and that the Endorois community should receive royalties from existing economic activities. This ruling is a landmark decision relating to recognition and protection of land rights of indigenous communities in Africa and the full text of the ruling can be found here. The ruling was marked by a big celebration in the Endorois community on the 20th of March where the Minister of Land participated and emphasized that the government of Kenya is committed to respect and implement the ruling.
Tags: Land rights