Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park: Evictions and extrajudicial killing

The Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area. In 1980, Kahuzi-Biéga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been…

Guest Post by Ellie Williams: “I am honey at the top”

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest, in the Cherangani Hills, in western Kenya. Since British colonial rule they have faced violent eviction from their traditional lands. In recent years the evictions have intensified. The Kenya Forest Service has carried out repeated evictions – in the…

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…

Human rights and environmental organisations urge Finland to stop funding the Kenya Forest Service following human rights abuses of indigenous Sengwer people

Last week, the EU suspended funding to a conservation and climate project in Kenya. The suspension came after Kenya Forest Service guards shot and killed Robert Kirotich, an indigenous Sengwer man. Yesterday, human rights and environmental organisations wrote to the Finnish government calling for the suspension of Finland’s €9.5 million…