CMRD and MRG on behalf of Endorois Welfare Council v. Kenya

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
African Commission

The African Commission held that Kenya violated Articles 8, 14, 17, 21 and 22 of the African Charter when officials restricted access to ancestral land and evicted the Endorois people, who the Commission recognizes as a distinct community of indigenous peoples in need of special protection, from the Lake Bogoria region without proper restitution. Articles 8, 14, 17, 21, and 22 of the African Charter recognize the African peoples' right to practice religion, right to property, right to culture, right to free disposition of natural resources, and right to development, respectively. The Commission recommended that Kenya promptly recognize the ownership rights of the Endorois people, restitute the Endorois land, pay adequate compensation for the loss suffered, and grant registration to the Endorois Welfare Committee to represent the tribe's interest in local government affairs.