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Defending or Future, Overcoming the challenges of returning the Ogiek home

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The implementation of the Ogiek judgment is in the hearts and the spirits of the Ogiek people and the indigenous peoples globally. On 26 May 2017, we received the judgment at the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (ACtHPR) in Arusha Tanzania, after a 12-year process that started in Kenyan courts and involved the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), The Gambia, besides the Court. Our community consists of 52,000 members (2019 National Census) of which about 45,000 are from Mau and have the Mau Forest as their ancestral land. The Mau Forest Complex is approximately 400,000 Hectares and is administered under 22 blocks including the Maasai Mau. The most recent taskforce gazetted by the Cabinet Minister for Environment and Forestry was formed to advise the government on how to implement the Ogiek judgment. This task force, like the colonial rule in Kenya in times past, did not include representation of our community even though the deliberations directly concerned us. We understand its mandate ended on 24 January 2020 but its report has not been made public despite our attempts to seek disclosure.
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