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The return to Somalia: home sweet home?

The return to Somalia: home sweet home?

13 July 2017

Patrick recently travelled to Somalia where he interviewed a number of people who had been returned from Kenya after living in Dadaab refugee camp. Names in this blog have been ...

NEW LAWS A PLUS TO ENDING TORTURE AND EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN KENYA

NEW LAWS A PLUS TO ENDING TORTURE AND EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN KENYA

10 July 2017

Speaking at a symposium held by the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) on Wednesday June 28th 2017, Hon. Ken Okoth applauded the signing into law of The Prevention of Torture ...

AMNESTY KENYA WELCOMES AFRICAN COURT RULING ON OGIEK COMMUNITY CASE

AMNESTY KENYA WELCOMES AFRICAN COURT RULING ON OGIEK COMMUNITY CASE

31 May 2017

The Ogiek indigenous community is a hunter gatherer group who depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture. Approximately 15,000 Ogiek live...

Stand up for the BRAVE

Stand up for the BRAVE

23 May 2017

Together we can speak up for those who speak out for all of us. Today, people across the world are taking enormous risks to stand up for our rights. They could be teachers, s...

2017 Human Rights Champions in Kenya's Police Force Awarded

2017 Human Rights Champions in Kenya's Police Force Awarded

09 May 2017

The police force is one institution that Kenyans loves to hate. From the variety of unsavory nicknames given to it's officers, to the open hostility and loathing show to the...

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BRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IN FOCUS: ANDREW MATIVO

BRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IN FOCUS: ANDREW MATIVO

14 July 2017

Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a Kenyan Citizen, born in 1976 in Kisumu Ndogo – an informal settlement in Mombasa County. My passion for community wor...

 THE REAL CHOICE IN COMING ELECTIONS

THE REAL CHOICE IN COMING ELECTIONS

13 July 2017

-By Justus Nyangaya, Country Director, Amnesty International Kenya It is that season again! Politicians are all over by air, land and water, making all sorts of promises and ou...

WE SHINE A LIGHT FOR KENYA’S “MAVOKO THREE”

WE SHINE A LIGHT FOR KENYA’S “MAVOKO THREE”

23 June 2017

Almost a year ago, on 30 June 2016, some 300 civil society representatives and other protesters filled the central business district of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to demand ju...

Machozi Ya Jana Campaign Against Extrajudicial Kililngs

Machozi Ya Jana Campaign Against Extrajudicial Kililngs

12 June 2017

It's now the second week of the Machozi ya Jana campaign, with the first event for the week kicking off tomorrow morning. Organized by civil society organizations in K...

BRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IN FOCUS: HAMISA ZAJA

BRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IN FOCUS: HAMISA ZAJA

09 June 2017

Rising above adversity to tackle human rights violations In the popular collective imagination, Majengo area in Mombasa, conjures up an image of violence. This imagery preced...

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Nothing can justify rights violation

Nothing can justify rights violation

10 May 2017

 The Bill of Rights…The Constitution… Governed by the rule of law... Human rights… These have become buzzwords that many of us drop whenever it is co...

Effective leadership - Elect more women into positions of leadership

Effective leadership - Elect more women into positions of leadership

05 April 2017

By Justus Nyang’aya The world marks the International Women’s Day on March 8th. What a beautiful time to look internally, reflect on the incredible journey ...

Voter registration – dignity is paramount minus threats

Voter registration – dignity is paramount minus threats

09 February 2017

Last week, I witnessed an elderly man being accosted and beaten up by people young enough to be his children. His crime, you ask? Not possessing the voter ID card. The zeal a...

Death sentence, if effected, could become victim of corruption

Death sentence, if effected, could become victim of corruption

15 November 2016

  ↵   There is no doubt that theft of public funds ranks among the most important concerns for Kenyans. Corruption takes away resources meant for public ...

Kenya’s school system makes slaves of children, let’s reform it without delay.

Kenya’s school system makes slaves of children, let’s reform it without delay.

10 August 2016

By Justus Nyang’aya Let me start with a disclaimer. I do not know the exact cause of the sudden outbreak of arson in schools. It will be interesting to know what is drivi...

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