A recurrent theme during the session was the evolving armed conflicts threatening the stability of many African States. The issue of antiterrorism responses as a contributing factor to an ever shrinking space for the activities of legitimate human rights defenders was also strongly brought up during debates. This is a trend which worries indigenous peoples’ organisations and human rights defenders in Africa, who find it increasingly difficult to operate.
Regions - Africa
According to the Constitution and the electoral code of Burundi, the national independent electoral commission should nominate 3 Batwa (indigenous peoples) to the National Assembly
In Kenya and Tanzania, climate change is already causing both drought and floods. This has meant increasing scarcity of suitable land for farming and pasture and a decrease in food security. It has also increased the number of conflicts between pastoralists and other land users, seriously impacting the security situation.