The Masai of Tanzania demand the rights of the natives within the UN

The Masai of Tanzania demand the rights of the natives within the UN

Nairobi, Kenya (AP) – Tanzania’s Maasai, resisting government pressure to leave their ancestral homes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, have submitted claims for indigenous land rights to Nairobi negotiators finalizing globalization. .

Loliado’s Masai community’s appeal on Thursday follows a violent confrontation with Tanzanian security forces two weeks ago that forced many of them to flee to neighboring Kenya.

An East African court ruling on the politically sensitive issue was expected this week, but was postponed to later this year due to “unavoidable circumstances”, according to a court statement.

“We are being accused by our government of destroying our environment and denying Tanzanian citizenship,” the Masai said in a letter to the UN meeting on biodiversity. “This is the fourth violent eviction from our land. And our leaders are languishing in detention in large numbers. 20 of them are charged with murder. “We can not tell the world the facts because the media is forbidden to cover our history.”

Cases of abuse, torture and large-scale evictions continue to be reported among indigenous communities, as observed in Tanzania, where the Masai community says it is facing displacement to create a protected hunting area.

Maasai leaders have been joined by civil society and other indigenous community leaders in their calls for the inclusion and recognition of indigenous lands, territories and property rights in the framework, which is expected to be approved by world leaders when they meet in Montreal. of Canada in December of this year.

“The only way this can be a powerful tool is to integrate and safeguard a strong human rights element and respect the role of indigenous peoples and local communities,” said Lucy Mulenkei, co-chair. International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity. press conference on the sidelines of the negotiations.

The Indigenous Forum also requested free prior and up-to-date consent for land use as well as a sound funding mechanism for conservation.

“If we do not have a nature protection framework that truly recognizes and respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities that actually preserve biodiversity, humanity will be in danger,” said Ramiro Batzin of the Indigenous Forum.

The Global Biodiversity Framework is set to replace the earlier Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed by the UN Parties to a 2010 Biodiversity Convention in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. None of the 20 goals of the Aichi Accords have been met by the time the 2020 deadline has passed.

Key issues remain to be debated, with richer countries disagreeing with developing nations on many points of conflict, such as benefit sharing, nature conservation incentives, biotechnology, and developing countries’ funding to strengthen national objectives and technology.

The proposed biodiversity framework seeks to address a range of global environmental concerns, including pollution, climate change and other anthropogenic effects on nature, such as illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and habitat loss.

Reducing biodiversity and degrading ecosystems are exacerbating climate change, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He says the new framework should “aim to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 and achieve a recovery by 2050”.


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