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 changed to protect the sources.
Ubaax (pronounced as Ubah), originally from Dinsoor district, looked at me, then bent her head as tears rolled down her thin, shiny cheeks. I looked out...Read more
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 Bill terming it as a milestone for civil society working on the prevention of torture and police reforms in Kenya . Mr. Okoth who is a member of the Kenya Parliamentary...Read more
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 in the Mau Forest Complex, which they have occupied for at least 150 years. The indigenous community has been facing oppression and arbitrary evictions from their ancestral home in what is deemed as...Read more
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, students, political opponents, factory workers, journalists, lawyers or so many others. They could be you, your friend or your relatives.
But they’re being harassed, tortured, jailed and even killed...Read more
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 them, relations between the public and police officers have never been worse. But then on Friday 5 May 2017, the Outstanding Police Service Awards (OPSA) held at Hotel Intercontinental Nairobi, highlighted...Read more
On the 28th of April 2017, Amnesty International Kenya, Talent Industry Limited, One Vibe Africa and KMET Kenya held “Poetic Hour” in Kisumu at Planet Media - Mega City. “Poetic Hour” is a monthly forum that uses art to create awareness and understanding on various issues. The theme of the day was “Stop Extrajudicial Killings” in response to the rise...Read more
The Boma Night outreach festival was held on Saturday, 24th March 2017 at the American Corner Grounds in the Kisumu National Library. The event was in partnership with The Story Makers Society - a professional theatre group committed to creating and producing artistically excellent and culturally diverse theatre for all audiences. The festival was attended by over 200 people who included...Read more
We, the undersigned national and international organizations, under the auspice of the Police Reforms Working Group- Kenya (PRWG-K) condemn the summary execution of a young man in Nairobi’s Eastleigh on 31 April 2017 by an officer believed to be attached to the Pangani Police Station, as shown in the video widely circulated on social and mainstream media.
In the video, the...Read more
Dear Cabinet Secretary - Mr. Cleophas Mailu,
My name is Wanjiku. I am 65 years old. I am a Kenyan voter at the Kosovo polling center. I am a law abiding resident of Mathare slum. I am a mother of 5 children. Two of them live with conditions that have made them my permanent dependents. Like any other mother, I was...Read more
The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, said nine human rights organizations today, two months after the British journalist was detained and deported.
The organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and PEN International, have sent a letter to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Internal Affairs and Coordination of National...Read more