General Assembly backs indigenous peoples' rights
(September 13, 2007) UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on
Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and
resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off
opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The vote
in the assembly was 143 in favor and four against. Eleven countries, including
Russia and Colombia, abstained. The declaration, capping more than 20 years of
debate at the United Nations, also recognizes the right of indigenous peoples
to self-determination and sets global human rights standards for them.
'alternative Nobel' winners call for water rights, global justice
Sweden (CP) - Two Canadian recipients of this year's Right Livelihood Awards,
also known as the "alternative Nobels," on Tuesday said
privatization of fresh water resources represents a threat to human rights.
WOMAN OF AFRICA, SMILE!
A. N. Kithaka - This week holds two important events for African women. The
25th of November marks the start of the 16 Days of Gender Activism
Against Violence, an international campaign meant to raise awareness
about gender violence, strengthen the work of local organisations and
demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world. Incorporating the
International Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25th) and
International Human Rights Day (December 10), the goal of the campaign is
to link violence against women to the fact that it is a human rights
violation. November 25 is also especially important for African women,
as it is the day that the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa
comes into force.
this bout of generosity rings false
(20.11.2005) Kenya's successive presidents are a study in comparative
generosity. Daniel arap Moi's looked inborn. But in Pedagogy of the
Oppressed, Paulo Freire warns us against "the false generosity of the
and her Constitution, the story so far…
1963 - Independence - Kenya adopts her first constitution ; 1964-9 - 1st Phase
of Amendment Process - Highlights ....
- Magazine November/December 2005
MARK DOWIE - "Conservation Refugees" - When protecting nature means
kicking people out ...
Sustainability Collides With Poverty
(04.11.2005) MT KENYA, Nov 4 (IPS) - Visitors to
Mbeere district in Kenya’s Central Province can hardly miss them: bags of
charcoal laid on either side of the road. Those who sell the bags are far less
visible, however. They hide in the surrounding dense vegetation, only
appearing to make hurried sales.
vital to our knowledge
(01.11.2005) By Diona Fay Howard - "Hello
class, welcome to intellectual heritage 51. Can anyone tell me what
intellectual heritage means?" says a Temple professor at the beginning of
each semester. A bold student ready to earn an A for the course eagerly
answers, "It means the legacy of great thinkers and ideas in this
(31 October 2005) Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has allocated thousands of
title deeds for land in a move his opponents say is an attempt to “bribe”
voters to support a controversial draft constitution in a November 21
(Patrick Bond - Oct. 2005) Exactly how much wealth does Africa lose every year?
Third World repayments of $340 billion each year flow northwards to
service a $2.2 trillion debt, more than five times the G8's development
aid budget, notes Patrick Bond. In addition Africa’s citizens
experience depletion of assets like forests and mineral resources, and
suffer the impact of pollution as a result of mining. In this context,
Bond argues that those who claim international integration can enrich
Africa are wrong.
beehive factor in Kenya's politics
(29.10.2005) Not too long ago, I had
the difficult task of explaining to a group of foreigners a small news item
appearing in one of the local newspapers.
appeal for electric fence to tame elephants
(18.10.2005) Why they do not let the
Watha manage their ecosystem? Arabuko / Sokoke is part of the Watha homeland,
but the nation of hunter-gatherers was forced out of their areas first by
greedy colonialists and then by landhungry Bantu-speakers.
Why Kenya is a failed state
(02.10.2005) Despite all appearances to the contrary, a report by a US
research organisation has classed Kenya as being among the world's failed
Land Mapping System to Give People Greater Say
(September 23, 2005) Kenya will soon have an electronic land adjudication
system if the Government adopts recommendations by an international conference.
want House to hold fresh talks on proposed law
(17.09.2005) Three lobby groups want Parliament to reconvene and
examine afresh the contentious clauses in the proposed Constitution.
has gone up, say Kenyans
(17.09.2005) Ninety four per cent of
Kenyans think corruption has increased since Narc came to power in 2003, says
Rights Activists Reject Kenya's Proposed Constitution
(09 September 2005) listen to
interview with Korrir Singoei (MP3 Audio - 2,15 MB) In
Kenya, a group representing the interests of minorities and
indigenous peoples has come out against the draft constitution –
which will be accepted or rejected by voters on November 21st.
wants communities involved in land mapping
(September 8, 2005) Local communities should be allowed to
participate in land demarcation to avert conflicts, a workshop
proposals on land ownership
(September 4, 2005) By John Kamau - The problem of landlessness is
worse than many Kenyans think - something that will complicate the
implementation of the Wako Draft Constitution.
OF DOMESTICATION: THE PROTOCOL TO THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON HUMAN AND
PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN AFRICA (Sept.
2005) Once 15 African countries have ratified The Protocol To The
African Charter On Human and Peoples' Rights On The Rights of
Women in Africa, its provisions will have to be included in
country-level legislation. This is the next challenge facing the
Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Campaign, says Sarah
Mukasa, who assesses some of the potential stumbling blocks
inherent in the domestication process. “It is imperative that
strategies adopted for this campaign take into account these
factors and prepare for the resistances that will surely come,”
hunting will transform the north
(10.08.2005) If you have travelled by bus from Mombasa to
Lamu, one of the sights that may have startled you as you
traversed Tana River District, is that of passengers alighting at
some point and walking off into one of the most desolate
landscapes in the country.
JAGGER BACKS NEW CAMPAIGN FOR WORLD'S TRIBES
'Alternative Nobel Prize' meeting, Salzburg, 13 June 2005 - Bianca
Jagger has backed a new campaign for the world's governments to
sign up to the main international law protecting tribal people.
is a major obstacle to indigenous rights
PARTICIPANTS IN INDIGENOUS FORUM HIGHLIGHT DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF
POVERTY, CONFLICTS, LACK OF ACCESS TO HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
(2005-05-25) CL - As the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
continued its fourth session today, participants highlighted the
disastrous effects of poverty, ongoing conflicts and lack of
access to education on the achievement of full human rights, and
stressed the urgent need to complete the draft declaration on
people resist DNA-project
Genographic research as neo-colonial attitude (28.04.2005) The
ambitious DNA profiling "Genographic project" which
seeks to retrace the path of human settlement on Earth has been
encountering resistance among indigenous people. After a
boycott-appeal by the US-American Indigenous Peoples Council on
Biocolonialism, now some Maori and African First Nations have also
announced concerns over the project.
policy long overdue
National Land Policy Formulation Process Steering Committee will
start collecting views from the public in Mombasa next week. Its
mandate is to collate public impressions to help the Government to
formulate a sustainable national land policy.
unearth Britain’s dirty war against Mau Mau
(February 26, 2005) Studies by two Western
historians show colonial Britain used mass detention without trial, sadistic
violence and bent justice far more than previously believed to suppress the
Kenyans must call for action against corrupt officials
(04 Feb 2005) The Law Society of Kenya yesterday asked Kenyans to stand up and
demand that the Government takes action against corrupt ministers and public
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