Kenya

Kenya: Stop Harassment of Civil Society Organisations

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The NGO Coordination Board of Kenya announced the deregistration of two human rights organisations, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). The move comes a week after 8 August national elections which were contested by the opposition. Together with three other civil society actors, Civil Rights Defenders condemns the targeting of national human rights organisations in Kenya.

Stop Violations Against Kenyan Human Rights Defenders

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Today Civil Rights Defenders forwarded a joint Letter of Concern to the Kenyan government regarding the arrest of Joel Ogada on March 14. Joel is a prominent Kenyan environmental Human Rights Defender and Natalia Project participant. We urge the Kenyan authorities to act accordingly and guarantee in all circumstances that Kenyan human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.

Human Rights in Kenya

On 27 August 2010, a new Constitution was adopted in Kenya. The Constitution, considered to be progressive, is seen as the primary instrument required to make social and political reforms in the country, so badly needed, after the violent events of the 2007 elections. Kenya adheres to the monist legal system and as such ratified international treaties are automatically incorporated into national law. Kenya is party to the majority of the core international human rights treaties as well as regional instruments such as the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

Two Organisations at Risk of being Labeled as ‘Terrorist Entities’ in Kenya

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Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), The National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K), the Eastern Horn of Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and Civil Rights Defenders has learned of the intention of the Inspector General of Police of Kenya to freeze the bank accounts of two highly respected Kenyan human rights organisations following the recent terrorist attack at the University in Garissa.