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 in extrajudicial killings in the country.
“There is a widespread pattern of extrajudicial executions by police in Kenya as documented by various human rights organizations”
- Charles Baraza, Amnesty International Kenya’s Growth and Human Rights Education Coordinator
Performances included spoken word pieces by Dawe Dawe, Onyulo, Faith Otieno, Mr. Polly, C.E.O, Agwera The Poet and Ras Godiso; music by Creative Bank Kenya, Nina Sauti, Mitchelle Singer, Effy Musiq and Clara . All the artists included statistics on extrajudicial killings in Kenya based on research from organizations such as Amnesty International and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU).
“Justice is a process....
See where we go wrong by deciding the fate of a person in a blink
By denying them their fair legal share of punishment if guilty? Just think
Is justice only justice when you get even? Or
Is justice still justice when you punish offenders and respect their heartbeats?”
A total of 321 people attended the event and were able to contribute to the discussion online using the #StopExtraJudicialKillings.
“Curbing extrajudicial killings is a collective responsibility. #StopExtraJudicialKillings”
“….the police should be controlled. They should follow the law #StopExtraJudicialKillings
“#StopExtraJudicialKillings….Extrajudicial killings are not what we need. This needs to stop!”