Thanks to Chris Huggins for forwarding a very interesting email announcing the beginning of a campaign by Kenyan human rights actors to ensure the implementation of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recent decision awarding restitution of traditional lands to the Endorois indigenous group. Chris previously posted on the likely regional effects of this decision here and I posted on its legal implications for indigenous peoples’ right to property here. In opening the campaign for implementation of the decision, David Malombe of the Kenya Human Rights Commission writes:
Following the ruling on the Endorois land question under the African Union, a number of human rights organizations including the Endorois Welfare Council, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Centre for Minority Rights and Development (CEMIRIDE), MPIDO, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Kenya Land Alliance (KLA), International Commission for Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), Action Aid Kenya, Constitution Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) among others are organizing a commemorative and campaign rally in Bogoria on Saturday, March 20, 2010. We are expecting more than 10,000 participants drawn from the affected communities in the country; and state and non-state actors working on land rights and justice issues. After this, we shall have a campaign to ensure that the Government of Kenya complies with the AU recommendations.
It is often the case that winning a groundbreaking precedent decision like that in the Endorois case appears, in retrospect, to have been the easy part. Continuing advocacy work of the nature described above can be crucial to implementation and I will endeavor to provide further updates on this blog regarding how these efforts fare.