The Ogiek
An in-depth report by John Kamau, Rights Features Service

Appendix Part 3

After surveying and speaking to Ogiek sources in the Rift Valley we have found out that:

1. The Kenyan government has consistently disregarded the rights of the Ogiek as a minority group.

As we have found out the Ogieks have since 1903 faced constant harassment and this continues up to date. They have lost most of their lands and are now on the verge of losing the balance.

2. The wanton destruction of Ogiek forests is a bid to kick them out of their land and give it out to other tribes. This is a clear violation of Ogieks right to their ancestral land.

3. The Ogiek children have suffered great injustice and are being denied a chance to grow within their culture.

4. The Ogiek judgement could not have been fair in the context of President Moi's comments to the Ogiek that he is "also that court".

5. Kenya has broken international law on minority and indigenous groups and ought to live within its obligations to international treaties that it has signed. MORE>>



Ch. 1: Ogiek: History of a Forgotten Tribe
Ch. 2:
The Struggle Begins, The Struggle Continues
Ch. 3:
The Closed Society

Ch. 4:
Wanton Destruction
Ch. 5:
Promises and More Promises
Ch. 6:
Threats and Lies
Ch. 7
: The Court Battle
Ch. 8:
The Aftermath

Pt. 1:
The Ogiek Community Submission before the Njonjo Land Commission
Pt. 2: Epilogue
Pt. 3: Conclusions
Pt. 4: Recommendations

Annex 1: Declarations on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
Annex 2
: The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights
Annex 3:
Legal Instruments that Govern Land in Kenya

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