Kenya: Landmark Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 4 February 2010

A ruling by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights condemning the expulsion of the Endorois people from their land in Kenya is a major victory for indigenous peoples across Africa…The Commission ruled on February 4, 2010 that the Endorois' eviction from their traditional land for tourism development violated their human rights…[T]he Commission found that this eviction, with minimal compensation, violated the Endorois' right as an indigenous people to property, health, culture, religion, and natural resources. It ordered Kenya to restore the Endorois to their historic land and to compensate them. It is the first ruling to determine who are indigenous peoples in Africa, and what are their rights to land.

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