Nearly 75,000 people have signed a worldwide petition calling for an end to the forcible removal of the Sengwer People from the
Thousands of Sengwer people, one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer peoples in
Despite a court injunction forbidding the eviction, the removals are continuing to take place prompting the
But a report released this week said that the
(Read: More forest settlers likely to be evicted)
On Monday, a UN independent expert called on
"Indigenous people shall not be forcibly relocated from their lands of territories," UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya said.
He urged the Kenyan government to protect the Sengwer's human rights and said no removal should take place without adequate consultations and agreement and that compensation for loss of traditional land was not enough.
Avaaz, which is the world's largest and most powerful online activist network dedicated to bringing "people-powered politics to decision making everywhere," said that the Sengwer people have lived in the Embotut forest for centuries "and their rights to their ancestral lands are protected under the Kenyan constitution and international law.
(Read: Squatters promised compensation)
"They've already won a court order to stop the evictions, but the government has ignored it, claiming they need to clear the forest to protect water sources for nearby towns. The Sengwer fear that next, the forest will be decimated for profit."
Avaaz says that the
The problems have been going on since 2007, when the
Acting in the name of protecting the forest and safeguarding urban water supplies, the
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