Najib Balala, Kenya’s Wildlife Minister, wants the death penalty for convicted poachers. That’s a really bad idea

On 11 May 2018, Xinhua reported that Najib Balala, Kenya’s Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, had announced that Kenya plans to fast-track laws to make wildlife crimes punishable by the death penalty. Balala made the announcement during the launch of the northern white rhino commemorative stamps at Ol Pejeta Conservancy…

Threats of eviction against indigenous Sengwer people continue in Kenya

The Sengwer indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the western highlands of Kenya continue to face threats of violence and evictions. The latest round of violent evictions started at the end of December 2017. The evictions, carried out by the Kenya Forest Service, are supposedly in the…