Halt threats & intimidation to the Kenyan Civil Society
For Immediate Media Release: 17/08/2017
88 Regional & International Civil Society organizations from 28 countries raise collective condemnation on harassment of CSOs in Kenya.
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, working to advance human rights of all people in different countries categorically condemn the recent intimidation, threats and illegal attempts by the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Co-ordination Board to de- register and systematically bankrupt targeted Kenyan civil society organizations and their respective leadership.
We particularly condemn the Board’s letter of 14 August 2017, de-registering the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and ordering the Central Bank of Kenya to freeze all its accounts, as well as the letter of 15 August 2017, to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation seeking the closure of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and the arrest of its Directors.
We further denounce in the strongest terms, the most recent raid by the police and KRA of the AfriCOG offices, which contravenes the spirit of the constitution with regards to freedoms of association and expression.
We have witnessed an election that is still unsettled, with results that are still very much in contention.
We condemn the killing and brutalization of innocent Kenyans, especially those in poor and densely populated urban settlements who were exercising their rights to demonstrate during the post 8 August 2017 electoral period.
We are dismayed by the arbitrary killings of innocent civilians including children that has come to our attention and increasingly worried about sexual violence and harassment of Kenyan women and girls who are rendered most vulnerable during periods such as this.
The Government of Kenya has an obligation to arrest and bring to justice those involved in the wanton destruction of property, brutality, murder and sexual harassment and violence of civilians. We call upon the government of Kenya to protect the lives of all Kenyans, by guaranteeing their fundamental rights to exercise freedom of expression and association, as enshrined in the 2010 constitution and other regional, continental and international norms and treaties to which Kenya is a party.
We are in agreement that Kenya is in need of healing, reconciliation, social cohesion, peaceful co-existence and very importantly, justice.
We reiterate and boldly state the fact that Kenya cannot afford to be shackled by violence in all forms, state sponsored brutality and threats to non-state actors such as KHRC and AfriCOG. And we state unequivocally, that this only serves to exacerbate and worsen an already fractious political situation. These acts only add to the tension and have to be publicly denounced. We call for the investigation and for accountability for the violations of these rights as well as the rights to life, dignity and bodily integrity.
We, therefore, call on the Kenyan Government, in particular the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, to ensure that all citizens and residents of Kenya are allowed to freely exercise their constitutional rights, including freedoms of expression and association and live free from violence, intimidation and fear.
We acknowledge the recent move by the Cabinet Secretary of the Interior Ministry in ordering the Kenya NGO Board to suspend the de-registration orders for 90 days and constitute a committee in consultation with CSOs to address the issues.
The validity of the civil society is integral in building holistic and democratic nation states.
Finally, we call on regional bodies including the East African Community and the African Union to ensure that Kenya complies with its national and international obligations including the protection of individuals and their fundamental rights of freedoms of expression and association.
All Kenyan lives matter!
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|1. Dinah Musindarwezo|||
|2. Yves Niyiragira||Fahamu||Regional|
|3. Achieng Akena||Pan African Citizens Network (PACIN)||Kenya|
|4. Jimmy Ochieng||Student||Kenya|
|5. Grace Munduru Merct||FIDA-Uganda||Uganda|
|6. Tafadzwa Muropa||individual||Zimbabwe|
|7. Okeke Julie||Women Initiative for Peace and Good Governance (WIPGG)||Nigeria|
|9. Alice Junqueira||Red MÁS||Brazil|
|10. Bose Ironsi Ironsi||Women’s Rights and Health Project||Nigeria|
|11. Eunice Mwende||Africa Centre for Open Governance||Kenya|
|12. Lee Webster||Womankind Worldwide||UK|
|13. Gabriel Dolan||Haki Yetu||Kenya|
|14. Jean Claude Kalinganire||APALAC coalition||Pays Bas|
|15. Migai Akech||University of Nairobi||Kenya|
|16. Zahid Rajan||AwaaZ||Kenya|
|17. Zarina Patel||AwaaZ||Kenya|
|18. Kimani Nyoike||Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi||Kenya|
|19. June Waudby||Amnesty||UK|
|20. Firoze Manji||Daraja Press||Canada|
|21. Isis Alvarez||Global Forest Coalition||Colombia|
|22. Catherine Duru||Echoes of Women in Africa||Nigeria|
|23. Rogaya Hamza Osman||PASED||Sudan|
|24. Flavia Mwangovya||Equality Now||Kenya|
|25. Okumba Miruka||Consultant||Kenya|
|26. NJERI KABEBERI||GREENPEACE AFRICA||South Africa|
|27. Salome Nduta||NCHRD-K||Kenya|
|28. Winnie Maru||Forum for Young Women in Politics||Kenya|
|29. Steph Muchai||Hivos East Africa||Kenya|
|30. Peter Ngo’la Owiti||Wote Youth Development Projects||Kenya|
|31. Pauline Lambou||Leading Women of Africa||Cameroon|
|32. KUWONU Kafui||WiLDAF West Africa||Togo|
|33. Loretta Ahuokpeme||Our Lady of Perpetual help initiative||Nigeria|
|34. Hanna Gunnarsson||WECF||Germany|
|35. Sehnaz Kiymaz||Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways||Türkiye|
|36. Sara Katrine Brandt||CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation||Denmark|
|37. Jedidah Maina||TICAH||Kenya|
|38. Muthoni Ngige||Minority Women in Action||Kenya|
|39. Denise Nzila Kayika||FIFEF||DR Congo|
|40. S Katuu||Private||Austria|
|41. Gia Gaspard Taylor||Network of Rural Women Producers||Trinidad & Tobago|
|42. Francis Romani Selasini||NAFGEM||Tanzania|
|43. Chris Mbiti||PEN||Kenya|
|44. Njoki Wamai||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|45. Yakhama Kristine||Good Health Community Programmes||Kenya|
|46. Onyango Oloo||Sankara Centre for Social Movements||Kenya|
|47. K. Obeng||Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)||Kenya|
|48. Riva Jalipa||Tax Justice Network Africa||Kenya|
|49. Bola Olajuwon||The Nation Newspaper||Nigeria|
|50. Michelle Mbuthia||TJNA||Kenya|
|51. Kamala Dickson||Vision East Africa Forum (VEAF)||Tanzania|
|52. Bizimana Charles||Coalition for Tax and Governance||Burundi|
|53. Alain Ndikuriyo||F.A.S||Burundi|
|54. East African Civil Society Organizations Forum|
55. Kaze Dorine
|56. Andre Miburo||COPER||Burundi|
|57. Beata Kamana||FUCOS||Burundi|
|58. Kubwimana Desire||SOHORAMABOKO||Burundi|
|59. Gahungu Venany||TWIYUNGE||Burundi|
|60. Prosper Kalungi||FGM||RDC|
|61. Bukuru Donatienne||REGA||Burundi|
|62. Beatrice Kwizera||BUTERERE ASBL||Burundi|
|63. Atrocities Watch|
64. Ndayishimiye Emerence
|65. Bakame Julienne||CEFAD||Burundi|
|66. Ndikuriyo Jeannine||BUFAD||Burundi|
|67. Kalema Kalumba||FARDCECO||RDC|
|68. Kasavubu Clement||DIFARDC||RDC|
|69. Fataï Aina||Amis de l’Afrique Francophone- Benin (AMAF-BENIN)||Benin|
|70. Nick Mathiason||Finance Uncovered||UK|
|71. Jean Mballa||CRADEC||Cameroon|
|72. Christine Omao||Dandelion Kenya||Kenya|
|73. Astou Ndeye Sylla||Reseau femmes senegalaises||Senegal|
|74. Camilo Nhancale||KUWUKA JDA||Mozambique|
|75. Benjamin Oketch||Activista Kenya||Kenya|
|76. Tetet Nera-Lauron||IBON International||Philippines|
|77. Henry Oriokot||Regional Centre for International Development Corporation||Uganda|
|78. Kurian Musa||Policy Africa Media Trust||Kenya|
|79. Musavi Valarie||Personal Initiative for Positive Empowerment||Kenya|
|80. Phil Lynch||International Service for Human Rights||Switzerland|
|81. Danny Sriskandarajah||CIVICUS||South Africa|
|82. GBV Prevention Network||Raising Voices||Uganda|
|83. Leonida Odongo||Ibon International -East Africa||Kenya|
|84. Robert M.||East Africa Tax and Governance Network (EATGN)||Kenya|
|85. Wangui Kimari||Mathare Social Justice Centre||Kenya|
|86. Roberta Dos Santos||STEP UP/FONG||S. Tome and Principe|
|87. Andrey Laletin||Friends of the Siberian Forests||Russia|
|88. Jessica Woodroffe||Gender and Development Network (GADN)||United Kingdom|