Preparing the next big mile for the Ogiek Peoples

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

One year after the landmark victory against the government of Kenya, the Indigenous Ogiek Peoples will come together on May 26 to reflect on the lessons learnt and groom support to make the next steps successful.

On May 26 2017, the Indigenous Ogiek Peoples of Kenya won a momentous case against the government of Kenya at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Arusha, Tanzania, where their land rights over their ancestral Mau forest, in the Rift Valley of Kenya was recognised. 

One year later, the Indigenous Peoples are working to strategize and build momentum for further actions. 

May 26th is declared ‘Ogiek Celebration Day’ and ILC member, the Ogiek Peoples' Development Program (OPDP), is organising a celebration for the Indigenous Peoples at Nessuit Primary School, in Njoro sub-county, Nakuru County; Kenya.

OPDP hopes to use the event to lobby government actors for quick implementation of the decision for the realisation of the Ogiek Peoples’land rights. 

In November 2017, the Kenyan government created a Task Force to recommend parameters for the implementation of the ACHPR judgment on the case of the Indigenous Ogiek peoples.

OPDP’s wish is that the government should speed up the process of implementing the ruling, so that communities can keep conserving their lands and natural resources.

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