Happy new year, Happy valentine’s and hello to our members and supporters. The Amnesty Gazette is back, and we are excited to share everything we have been up to over the past two months. We spoke out after the gruesome murder of Edwin Chiloba and engaged the Maraga Taskforce. The Mavoko 3 trial finally ended after six years and responded to the Labour Court ruling on Meta and launched Linda Data campaign. We continue to stand with mama Ebbie and the Chesekwa community. We ensured the safety of four at-risk individuals, and launched 17 new Circles of Conscience.
In this Issue
- Why we spoke after Edwin Chiloba’s murder
- Justice for the Mavoko 3
- Significance of the Meta ruling
- Linda Data campaign launch
- Standing in solidarity with mama Ebbie and the Chesekwa community
- Deep kwa ground
- Members Vikao
Why we spoke after Edwin Chiloba’s murder
Edwin Chiloba’s death raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of individuals subjected to harassment, intimidation, and threats for standing up for the rights and justice of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. As an organisation that champions for the protection and promotion of human rights for all, we must speak out when marginalised groups or individuals who have been at the forefront of defending these rights are targeted, whether by the state or non-state actors.
We called for a prompt and impartial investigation of the circumstances surrounding Chiloba’s death to ensure that justice is served and those responsible are held accountable.
With six other organisations, we commended the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for the swift investigation that resulted in a confession and arrest of four suspects. We lauded their efforts to ensure that perpetrators of such heinous acts are brought before a court of law.
Click HERE to read more on this statement.
Justice on Mavoko 3 Case
3 February marked the end of a chapter of one of the most heinous murders in our country. The murders of lawyer and human rights defender Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their driver Joseph Muiruri brought to the fore the dark abyss of police criminality in Kenya.
With the sentencing of the three police officers Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Cheburet and Sylvia Wanjiku and police informer Peter Ngugi, we give a sigh of relief following a six-year court battle to bring the perpetrators to justice. Although we would have preferred a life sentence for Leliman, the verdict is a step in the right direction that will promote police accountability in the country.
Read more on this in our joint statement as members of the Police Reforms Working Group.
The 6 February ruling by the Kenya Employment and Labour Relations Court is a significant step that ensures the authority of Kenyan courts to protect and enforce fundamental human rights.The judgement is both historic and globally significant. This is the first time that Meta Platforms Inc will be significantly subjected to a court of law in the global south. We are delighted by the ruling and its implications for other cases against Meta Platform Inc currently before Kenya’s courts. Social media platforms have serious impacts on people’s lives and societies. They must be more accountable.”
The court ruling that the labour rights violations case filed by former Sama Source employee and petitioner Daniel Motaung and others against Meta Platforms Inc/Facebook is justiciable under Kenya law.
Linda Data campaign Launch
We are super excited to see our Digital Disruptors leaving the nest to bloom. Our five digital activists, Sumaiya, Koi, Chep, Chris and Halima, launched the Linda Data campaign on 25 February. The campaign is centred on providing young Kenyans with the knowledge and tools to protect their online data.
The campaign will follow a multi-faceted approach encompassing policy development, training and workshops, regulatory policy reviews, partnerships with experts in the data protection field, public engagements and technical measures to protect sensitive information. The ultimate goal is to empower young Kenyans to take control of their data and live stronger in the digital world.
Please visit the campaign website to learn more. www.lindadata.co.ke
Standing in solidarity with mama Ebbie and the Chesekwa community
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the family of 15-year-old Ebbie Noelle Samuel, who died mysteriously in school in 2019. The Kiambu Law Court granted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives a prayer to detain ex-Gatanga CCM deputy principal Elizabeth Gatimu at the Gigiri police station over the death. We continue to stand with the family as they seek justice.
We also stand in solidarity with the Chesakwa community, displaced and currently seeking refuge in caves. We express our concern over the lack of security, water and sanitation. We also stand with those recently arrested for seeking justice for your community.
Deep kwa ground
We continue to deepen our engagement kwa ground with the establishment of 17 new Circles of Conscience in Kirinyaga, Kericho, Kisumu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Wajir counties. These organised groups of human rights campaigners help us protect and promote human rights nationwide.
We commit to deepening engagement with our members through our members-led Monthly Members Meetings (Vikaos). These sessions will be held on Zoom every second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. We will deliberate on current human rights-centred topics.
We are kicking off this exciting series with our inaugural Members Kikao anchored on International Women’s Day and answers the question: How do we embrace equality? Facilitated by our Executive Director, Irungu Houghton, the session will reflect on the strides in achieving gender equality and draw lessons for marginalised groups. The Kikao will take place on 8 March 2023, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. You definitely won’t want to miss this.
This is a members-only session. We hope it convinces you to become a member. Join today.
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Coming up in March
- Embracing Equality Members Kikao – 8 March 2023
- Missing Voices Report Launch – 24 March 2023
- Amnesty International Global Annual Report Launch – 28 March 2023