July went by so fast; it was like it was also running away from this cold weather! Jokes aside, we have had an electrifying month at AIK. We launched the Jubilee human rights scorecard, partnered with others in hosting gubernatorial and presidential debates and met with our members and supporters kwa ground!
We highly recommend a warm cup of tea and a blanket as you sit back and read about the month of July at Amnesty Kenya.
In this issue
- Jubilee Human Rights Scorecard Launch
- Elections Debate Series
- One-On-One With UDA Presidential Candidate William Ruto
- Digital Rights Here, Digital Rights There, Digital Rights Everywhere
- Journalist Training in Eldoret
- Kisumu Peace and Community Dialogue in Nyalenda
- Under The Udala Trees Book Club Discussion
- Our Message To The Movement
How well do you think the Jubilee administration performed when it comes to human rights? Together with nine other human rights organisations, we rated this administration’s performance at 46%. The scorecard, dubbed: Missed Opportunities: A Human Rights Scorecard on the Jubilee Administration and Lessons for the next Government, found that the human rights-based approach did not inform the Jubilee Government’s policy, legislative and institutional measures. Read More
Some Media Highlights on the Scorecard
Elections Debate Series
Through your support, we partnered with the Media Owners Association, the Media Council of Kenya, the Kenya Editors’ Guild and other key stakeholders in organising the 2022 Elections Debate Series. For the first time, the debate series incorporated the Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate. Over 32 million Kenyans watched the debates, translating to 82 per cent of the country’s population. 18.5 million were registered voters. The debates were aired live on all Kenyan radio and television stations and on multiple online channels.
This partnership allowed us to inform the debate questions and have 45 members, supporters and partners physically attend the debate. The elections debate series was a crucial platform for issue-based politics. It was unfortunate that a few candidates refused to participate in the debates. Withdrawing from the public leadership debate betrays the electoral freedoms we fought hard to gain. Read More
Click on the thumbnails to watch recaps of the debates below.
One-On-One with UDA Presidential Candidate William Ruto
Our Executive Director, Irungu Houghton, was among the select few invited to KTN’s One-on-One with UDA Presidential Candidate William Ruto discussion. At the televised discussion, he raised the issue of rising cases of extrajudicial killings. He challenged the UDA presidential candidate to publicly explain how he would address the rising cases of extrajudicial killings if elected president.
Click on the thumbnail to watch this interactive engagement.
Digital Rights Here, Digital Rights There, Digital Rights Everywhere
We continue to spread the gospel of digital rights far and wide. Our Digital Rights team held digital rights training in Kisumu, where Maseno University students learned about data safety. In addition to digital rights, the training incorporated campaign cycles, gender and inclusion and how to identify problems within the community. The team also in Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi and Mombasa counties to engage human rights defenders on their right to data privacy and data governance. As noted by participants in Mombasa, the future is digital, and we must ensure that everyone is safe and free in digital spaces.
Journalist Training in Eldoret
Iyamune Eldoret! We were in Eldoret with the Missing Voices Coalition for media training for journalists from 10 counties in the Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley regions. The training addressed police accountability, election security and safety, data protection and privacy, and journalists’ wellness.
Kisumu Peace and Community Dialogue in Nyalenda
Baby Pendo would have turned 5 this year. Her life was cut short at 6 months, three days after she was attacked by anti-riot police in their Nyalenda house during the 2017 elections. 5 years on, despite an inquest that found the officers culpable, the officers have yet to be charged in court. During our visit to Kisumu for the Nyalenda Peace Festival Community Dialogue, exhibition and memorial concert, we paid a visit to Baby Pendo’s family, who called on the country to embrace peaceful elections. We continue to reiterate our call for justice for baby Pendo.
Let’s turn to matters of education. In July, our Human Rights Education and Activism team were in Kericho, Homa Bay, and Kisumu Counties. They visited our Amnesty Clubs in Kabianga School and Kaplong Girls in Kericho, Homa Bay School, Oridi Girls, Ngedia High School, Danis Obara Secondary, Ober Boys and GodBer High School in Homa Bay and Koru Girls and Karanda Secondary in Kisumu. Amnesty clubs are a marvellous platform where students learn about human rights and are nurtured into responsible citizens.
Under The Udala Trees Book Club Discussion
Good conversation, good vibes, and even greater people, what more could you need from a Book Club Discussion? We had a phenomenal time at our Amnesty Book Club Discussion on Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.
We were joined by Makena Njeri – founder and CEO of Bold Network Africa, Sharlotte Kigezo – NGLHCR in-house psychologist and spoken word artist, and Kenne Mwikya – Amnesty member, public policy specialist, for a discussion on storytelling and human rights.
The Amnesty Book Club will take a break in August, but we would love to hear from you on what we should read in the coming months!
Our Message to the Movement
Lastly, After seven months of human rights education and rights monitoring across seven hotspot counties, 69 ward-level community dialogues and national engagement, our team will take a wellness break between 8-11 August 2022 to re-charge and vote. We will work remotely and return to our physical office on Monday, 22nd August 2022. You can reach us via our WhatsApp hotline +254 759 464 346 for any human rights emergencies.
We call on you and your family to come out and vote. The universal right to vote took four decades for Kenyans to attain. Exercising this right honours those that fought for us. It is also your civic duty. In an election, the vote is the only thing that counts. If we fail to vote, others will choose the next 47+1 governments for us. A high turnout avoids the possibility and cost of an election re-run. Save time by checking your status and polling station stream here https://verify.iebc.or.ke. Read More