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Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined August 2019

Strengthening the capacities of minorities and indigenous peoples [MIPs] to secure their economic, social, cultural and political rights.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Right to Information
CEMIRIDE is a non-governmental organization working with minority and indigenous peoples in Kenya. These communities have mostly been marginalized and excluded from development processes.
CEMIRIDE has over the last 17 years focused on recognition of minorities and indigenous people as a way of reducing marginalization and exclusion from a political, legal and social frameworks and processes mainly through advocacy work.
Some of it’s key milestones & successes include: Bringing the conversation on the existence of MIPs and the violation their rights in Kenya to the national platform; Recognition &protection of MIPs rights:This has been achieved through the recognition of minority rights under the Constitution of Kenya (Articles 56 and 100) as well as indigenous peoples (Article 260); Improved access to justice for MIPs:Public interest litigation for Endorois, Ogiek &Nubians land rights led to recognition of the existence of indigenous peoples in Kenya &hence secured their rights to their lands, as well as got back control of their hitherto dispossessed land; Increased protection of MIPs land and natural resource rights: Ensured the recognition of community land in the Constitution of Kenya as in the case of the Endorois’ ancestral community land rights &recognition as indigenous peoples through Public Interest Litigation at the AU African Commission for Human &Peoples Rights; Strengthening community advocacy by empowering and facilitating communities e.g. Ogiek, Sengwer, Ilchamus, Terik,   Boni, El-molo to engage effectively with relevant processes from local levels (e.g. TJRC) to international levels-UN & AU Conferences. These communities have since successfully advocated for the protection of their rights, etc.

People Associated With This Organization

Daniel Masinde

Centre for Minority Rights Development... (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
A human rights lawyer, immensely passionate about the recognition, protection and promotion of the rights of marginalised minorities and indigenous communities. I have over four years volunteerism and work experience with human rights organisations dealing with vulnerable populations with regards to climate change and land governance, public participation and gender and social inclusion.

I am engaged as a Program Officer at the Centre for Minority Rights and Development (CEMIRIDE) which focuses on advancing the rights of indigenous communities and minorities; With proven competencies in research & evidence generation; monitoring & evaluation; and results-based advocacy & interventions. I am also extensively experienced in report-writing.

My dedication towards the promotion and protection of minority and indigenous rights is a labor of love.

Medina Asman

Centre for Minority Rights Development...
Joined August 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods
I am passionate about the realization of marginalized and minority communities human rights and have been involved in community empowerment initiatives ranging from girl-child and women media advocacy campaigns; land rights education and capacity-building for communities' self-sustainability. I hope to learn from best practices on how best minority and marginalized communities can negotiate with relevant government institutions for their social, cultural, economic and political rights. I also hope to learn how communities can best mobilize as social groups for self-sustainability and survival of their unique cultures and practices.

Nyang'ori Ohenjo

Centre for Minority Rights Development...
Joined August 2020
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I hold an undergraduate degree - a Bachelors of Education (Arts) degree (Egerton University) is supplemented by a nine months online Community Learning Programme (CLP) Certificate course (Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication) that I have undertaken. I also have a Certificate in Conflict Analysis (United States Institute of Peace) and has also undertaken non certificate training in International Minority Rights advocacy (Minority Rights Group International). Over the past 18 years I have amassed experience and the intellectual capacity to easily conceptualise and contextualise issues, conduct evidence based research and implement minorities and indigenous peoples’ rights focussed advocacy, media, campaigns and communication activities.

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