Intimidation and Illegal Arrests to Derail the Case Filed Against the Tanzanian Government by Four Loliondo Villages
View from the Termite Mound A blog about threats against Maasai land in Loliondo - Thomson Safaris, OBC and ruthless hypocrisy.
In this blog post: “Secret” intimidation and illegal arrest campaign. eNCA piece about Loliondo - husband of interviewed family currently in police custody. The hearing. Another, maybe unrelated, wave of arrests. Kigwangalla’s budget presentation and the timid opposition reaction to Loliondo. Oakland’s response to the Tanzanian government. Manyerere Jackton again. What has happened? (summary that’s very useful for newcomers).
Jun 08, 2018
Loliondo Report by the Oakland Institute and Kigwangalla Makes his U-turn Even More Extreme
In this blog post:
Report by the Oakland Institute;
Kigwangalla becomes like his shamelessly lying predecessors;
Livestock detained at Wasso market;
Secret meeting for a “friendlier special authority”;
OBC’s gift to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism;
Summary for newcomers.
May 14, 2018
Escape from Protection: The Catastrophe of Conservation in Panama.
Typified by The Nature Conservancy and The World Wildlife Fund, Global Conservation as such is really an arm of colonialist foreign policy going back at least a century, and its fundamental aims have not changed.
Cloaked under a veneer of idealism, protected area conservation is a cynical and ubiquitous foreign policy charade, harming both the environment and its inhabitants throughout the world. Indigenous residents are displaced either as a matter of policy by force or through ecosystem degradation, depending on the protected area category set by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Swiss-based body for conservation, founded in 1947 as a lesser-known leg in the postwar international system.
Apr 19, 2018
Fenced out of nature.
Outside Kruger National Park, the people who once lived inside may be the key to the reserve’s future.
Kruger National Park and the communities around its borders represent the global front line in the battle against rhino poaching. South Africa contains the largest remaining rhino populations in the world, and most of the killing is happening in and around Kruger.
In these villages, residents are caught in the middle of an escalating fight between poachers and conservationists — one that has grown in intensity and violence as prices skyrocket. Poor and dispossessed, these villages potentially hold the key to solving this crisis in the long run, and yet distrust runs deep.
Apr 09, 2018
EU suspends Sh3.6 billion water project over Sengwer rights abuses.
The EU has suspended its Sh3.6 billion water towers initiative with Kenya following violent Sengwer community evictions, ambassador Stefano Dejak has said.
Jan 18, 2018
A call to action by Rain Forest UK.
Call to action for a “zero tolerance” policy concerning human rights abuses in conservation programmes.
This is an important campaign for justice but we ask whether all the potential parties to the injustices claimed are represented here. For example the letter fails to mention the French company Rougier or the French Government which ought to be concerned about the behaviour of an important French company whose interests the eco-guards were protecting.
Dec 09, 2017
Eco-guards accused of torture and extrajudicial killing in the Republic of Congo.
On 10 November 2017, a man died after being beaten and abused by eco-guards in the Republic of Congo. The 32-year old man, Freddy Ndadé, was arrested with two other men for alleged poaching. They were arrested in the Central African Republic, near the border with the Republic of Congo.
Dec 08, 2017
Why ruthless eviction drive in Assam's wildlife sanctuary raises questions about rights of indigenous people.
The state should stop giving away forest land to big business establishments.
Nov 30, 2017