London : Minority Rights Group International, c2012.
Book — 32 p. : ill., map ; 30 cm.
Minority identity in Kenya
Human rights concerns of minorities
Minorities and change : the new Constitution
Constitutionalizing minority rights in Africa
To mark Kenya's 50th anniversary of self-rule, this report reviews the current status of minority and indigenous groups in Kenya. Focusing on Kenya's 2010 Constitution, this report pays particular attention to how legal and policy changes over the last five years have addressed the social, economic and political challenges confronting minorities. The present state of minority and indigenous groups within Kenya's dynamic context has been shaped by conflicting forces of regression and progress responding to the 2007 post-electoral violence, the new Constitution and the forthcoming 2012 elections. This report demonstrates both the opportunities to be seized and constraints to be overcome by minority groups if they are to realize the dream of inclusion. Although Kenya's new Constitution contains numerous positive provisions for minorities and other vulnerable groups generally, this report shows that the prevailing experience of minorities in Kenya is increased vulnerability. There is a danger that constitutional recognition may not translate into positive developments for minority groups in reality. This report describes the ongoing challenges facing minority and indigenous groups: lack of political participation, discrimination and weak protection of their right to development.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2014.
Book — 1 online resource (1 PDF (xv, 175 pages)) Digital: data file.
Preface / Michelo Hansungule
Notes and References
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Introduction / Ridwan Laher and Korir Sing'Oei
Indigenous as equals under the African Charter: The Endorois Community versus Kenya / Cynthia Morel
Historical development of indigenous identification and rights in Africa / Felix Ndahinda
The Impact of Dominant Environment Policies on Indigenous Peoples in Africa / Melakou Tegegn
Gender and indigenous peoples' rights / Soyata Maiga
Constitutional reform and minority exclusion: The case of the Bajuni and Lamu county / Paul Goldsmith
Advocacy for indigenous peoples' rights in Africa: Dynamics, methods and mechanisms / George Mukundi Wachira and Tuuli Karjala
A challenging nexus: Transitional justice and indigenous peoples in Africa / Laura A. Young
The past is never just in the past: Indigenous peoples and a framework for confrontation and redress / Ridwan Laher
Conclusion / Ridwan Laher and Korir Sing'Oei.
This volume is an attempt to provide this intersectional and reflexive space. The thinking behind the book began in Lamu in mid-2010. It was a time when growing community resistance emerged towards the Kenyan government's plan to build a second seaport under a trans-frontier infrastructural project known as the Lamu Port- South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET). The editors agreed that a book that draws community activists, academics, researchers and policy makers into a discussion of the predicament of indigenous rights and development against the backdrop of the Endorois case was timely and needed. Assembled here are the original contributions of some of the leading contemporary thinkers in the area of indigenous and human rights in Africa. The book is an interdisciplinary effort with the single purpose of thinking through indigenous rights after the Endorois case but it is not a singular laudatory remark on indigenous life in Africa. The discussion begins by framing indigenous rights and claims to indigeneity as found in the Endorois decision and its related socio-political history. Subsequent chapters provide deeper contextual analysis by evaluating the tense relationship between indigenous peoples and the post-colonial nation-state. Overall, the book makes a peering and provocative contribution to the relational interests between state policies and the developmental intersections of indigeneity, indigenous rights, gender advocacy, environmental conservation, chronic trauma and transitional justice.