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African Commission expresses concern over lack of UNESCO consultation

November 8 2011
Resolution of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of the World Heritage Convention

During its last Ordinary Session held from the 24 October to the 5 November 2011, in Banjul, The Gambia, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights adopted a resolution on the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of the World Heritage Convention and the designation of Lake Bogoria as a World Heritage site.

In the resolution, The African Commission expresses its concern that the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO) at its 35th session, on the recommendation of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), inscribed Lake Bogoria National Reserve on the World Heritage List, without obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of the Endorois through their own representative institutions, and despite the fact that the Endorois Welfare Council had urged the Committee to defer the nomination because of the lack of meaningful involvement and consultation with the Endorois;

It is important to recall that the African Commission made a decision, at its 46th session, in November 2009, affirming the right of ownership of the Endorois to their ancestral lands around Lake Bogoria.