Kenya urged to respect indigenous rights

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James Anaya

The Kenyan Government has been urged by a UN independent expert to respect the rights of an indigenous group which is due to be evicted from its land.

James Anaya, expressed what he called deep concern about reports that police are poised to forcibly evict the Sengwer people from their homes in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya.

Quoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, he said that Sengwer should not be "forcibly relocated from their lands or territories."

The Sengwer people, have lived, hunted and gathered in the Embobut Forest area in the Rift Valley of Kenya for centuries and continue to engage in subsistence farming.

According to reports, police forces have been amassing in the area in preparation for evictions ordered by the Government, which is planning forest and water conservation projects.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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