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Friday, February 04, 2011

African rights commission ruled Kenya illegally evicted indigenous

On February 4, 2010, the African Commission on Human and People's Rights ruled that the government of Kenya violated the rights of the Endorois people when it forcibly evicted them from their land. The Endorois are a group of about 60,000 people who were removed from their land around Lake Bogoria in 1973 when the Kenyan government began developing the region. They were represented by Minority Rights Group International (MRGI) and the Kenyan organization Minority Rights Development, which filed the initial complaint with the commission in 2003. The African Commission found that the government violated Articles 1, 8, 14, 17, 21 and 22 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, and ordered the government to take steps within three months to begin returning the land to the Endorois and providing them with compensation.

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