East African Court of Justice rules in favour of Maasai villagers and prohibits further evictions – for the time being

In September 2018, the East African Court of Justice awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages in northern Tanzania. The court granted an interim order preventing the government of Tanzania and its agents from evicting villagers from Ololosokwan, Oloirien, Kirtalo, and Arashi in Ngorogoro District, Tanzania.

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…

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…