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Insult to Injury Insult to Injury

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During five weeks between mid-June through July 2014, armed gunmen who in most cases claimed to be part of the Somalia-based armed Islamist group Al-Shabaab, attacked a passenger bus and at least eight villages in the Kenyan coastal counties of Lamu and Tana River. The attackers killed 87 people including four security officers, and destroyed approximately 30 buildings and 50 vehicles.

Kenyan security forces were slow to respond to the attacks, leaving villages unprotected and when they eventually responded, their actions were often discriminatory, beating, arbitrarily detaining and stealing personal property from Muslim and ethnic Somalis in the two counties. A year later, despite numerous law enforcement operations along the coast, hundreds have been arrested and mistreated, only to have charges dropped for lack of evidence and no one has been held responsible for the attacks.

This report, an outcome of a 10-day research mission in Lamu and Tana River counties by Human Rights Watch and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, and follow-up research in Nairobi, documents the initial attacks and the Kenyan government’s response, including abusive operations by security forces in the aftermath of the attacks.

NEWSLETTER: KHRC's Participation at the 30th NGO Forum and 56th ACHPR NEWSLETTER: KHRC's Participation at the 30th NGO Forum and 56th ACHPR

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Date added: 05/25/2015
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KHRC participated in the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People Rights (ACHPR) which took place from April 21- May 7, 2015 in Banjul, Gambia. KHRC also participated in the NGO Forum (April 17-19, 2015) whose main objective is to foster closer collaboration among NGOs and with the ACHPR, for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights in Africa. The forum is organized into three main thematic areas namely: the Status of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa; Special Interest Groups Discussions and; Networking for Human Rights.

The ordinary session on the other hand provides an opportunity for civil society to engage the Commissioners of the ACHPR directly and in line with their respective mandates.

Resolution on the Right to Rehabilitation Resolution on the Right to Rehabilitation

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Several organizations convened a meeting on realizing the right to rehabilitation and reparation in Africa on April 18, 2015 at the margins of the NGO Forum for the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Read the resolution on the right to rehabilitation for victims of torture as an essential component of the prevention of torture in Africa for more information

Calling on African States to Support Accountability and Justice for Gravest Crimes Calling on African States to Support Accountability and Justice for Gravest Crimes

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Date added: 05/22/2015
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We write ahead of the 25th African Union Summit, which will take place in South Africa from 7 to 15 June 2015, to highlight important progress by Africa in ensuring justice for the gravest crimes and areas where your leadership is needed to further support accountability.

Our organisations are among the most active partners of an informal group of African civil society organisations and international organisations with a presence in Africa that work to ensure the fight against impunity succeeds whenever serious crimes in violation of international law are committed. The following are in our estimation some of the notable developments that we believe merit your further introspection and action.

Country Brief at the 56th  ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. Country Brief at the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

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Date added: 05/22/2015
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Kenya ratified the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on January 23rd, 1992. Since then, it has domesticated most of the provisions of the Charter through various pieces of legislation. Furthermore, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides an extensive and elaborate chapter on the Bill of Rights while also emphasizing their specific application to certain groups including: Children; Persons with disabilities; Youth; Minorities and marginalized groups and; older members of society.

Since the last session of the ACHPR, a number of significant events have taken place in Kenya. This brief focuses on the areas that are of contemporary concern and require the attention of the Commission in light of Kenya’s impending review.

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