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!
For more information Contact:
Yves Niyiragira: yves@fahamu.org, telephone: + 254 20 3749346
Mildred Ngesa: communication@femnet.or.ke, telephone: +254 727137853
Endorsed by:

1.       Dinah Musindarwezo
2.       Yves NiyiragiraFahamuRegional
3.       Achieng AkenaPan African Citizens Network (PACIN)Kenya
4.       Jimmy OchiengStudentKenya
5.       Grace Munduru MerctFIDA-UgandaUganda
6.       Tafadzwa MuropaindividualZimbabwe
7.       Okeke JulieWomen Initiative for Peace and Good Governance (WIPGG)Nigeria
8.       StevenBusinessKenya
9.       Alice JunqueiraRed MÁSBrazil
10.   Bose Ironsi IronsiWomen’s Rights and Health ProjectNigeria
11.   Eunice MwendeAfrica Centre for Open GovernanceKenya
12.   Lee WebsterWomankind WorldwideUK
13.   Gabriel DolanHaki YetuKenya
14.   Jean Claude KalinganireAPALAC coalitionPays Bas
15.   Migai AkechUniversity of NairobiKenya
16.   Zahid RajanAwaaZKenya
17.   Zarina PatelAwaaZKenya
18.   Kimani NyoikeInuka Kenya Ni SisiKenya
19.   June WaudbyAmnestyUK
20.   Firoze ManjiDaraja PressCanada
21.   Isis AlvarezGlobal Forest CoalitionColombia
22.   Catherine DuruEchoes of Women in AfricaNigeria
23.   Rogaya Hamza OsmanPASEDSudan
24.   Flavia MwangovyaEquality NowKenya
25.   Okumba  MirukaConsultantKenya
27.   Salome NdutaNCHRD-KKenya
28.   Winnie MaruForum for Young Women in PoliticsKenya
29.   Steph MuchaiHivos East AfricaKenya
30.   Peter Ngo’la OwitiWote Youth Development ProjectsKenya
31.   Pauline LambouLeading Women of AfricaCameroon
32.   KUWONU KafuiWiLDAF West  AfricaTogo
33.   Loretta AhuokpemeOur Lady of Perpetual help initiativeNigeria
34.   Hanna GunnarssonWECFGermany
35.   Sehnaz KiymazWomen for Women’s Human Rights – New WaysTürkiye
36.   Sara Katrine BrandtCIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen ParticipationDenmark
37.   Jedidah MainaTICAHKenya
38.   Muthoni NgigeMinority Women in ActionKenya
39.   Denise Nzila KayikaFIFEFDR Congo
40.   S KatuuPrivateAustria
41.   Gia Gaspard TaylorNetwork of Rural Women ProducersTrinidad & Tobago
42.   Francis Romani SelasiniNAFGEMTanzania
43.   Chris MbitiPENKenya
44.   Njoki WamaiUniversity of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
45.   Yakhama KristineGood Health Community ProgrammesKenya
46.   Onyango OlooSankara Centre for Social MovementsKenya
47.   K. ObengTax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)Kenya
48.   Riva JalipaTax Justice Network AfricaKenya
49.   Bola OlajuwonThe Nation NewspaperNigeria
50.   Michelle MbuthiaTJNAKenya
51.   Kamala DicksonVision East Africa Forum (VEAF)Tanzania
52.   Bizimana CharlesCoalition for Tax and GovernanceBurundi
53.   Alain NdikuriyoF.A.SBurundi
54.   East African Civil Society Organizations Forum
55.   Kaze Dorine
56.   Andre MiburoCOPERBurundi
57.   Beata KamanaFUCOSBurundi
58.   Kubwimana DesireSOHORAMABOKOBurundi
59.   Gahungu VenanyTWIYUNGEBurundi
60.   Prosper KalungiFGMRDC
61.   Bukuru DonatienneREGABurundi
62.   Beatrice KwizeraBUTERERE ASBLBurundi
63.   Atrocities Watch
64.   Ndayishimiye Emerence
65.   Bakame JulienneCEFADBurundi
66.   Ndikuriyo JeannineBUFADBurundi
67.   Kalema KalumbaFARDCECORDC
68.   Kasavubu ClementDIFARDCRDC
69.   Fataï AinaAmis de l’Afrique Francophone- Benin (AMAF-BENIN)Benin
70.   Nick MathiasonFinance UncoveredUK
71.   Jean MballaCRADECCameroon
72.   Christine OmaoDandelion KenyaKenya
73.   Astou Ndeye SyllaReseau femmes senegalaisesSenegal
74.   Camilo NhancaleKUWUKA JDAMozambique
75.   Benjamin OketchActivista KenyaKenya
76.   Tetet Nera-LauronIBON InternationalPhilippines
77.   Henry OriokotRegional Centre for International Development CorporationUganda
78.   Kurian MusaPolicy Africa Media TrustKenya
79.   Musavi ValariePersonal Initiative for Positive EmpowermentKenya
80.   Phil LynchInternational Service for Human RightsSwitzerland
81.   Danny SriskandarajahCIVICUSSouth Africa
82.   GBV Prevention NetworkRaising VoicesUganda
83.   Leonida OdongoIbon International -East AfricaKenya
84.   Robert M.East Africa Tax and Governance Network (EATGN)Kenya
85.   Wangui KimariMathare Social Justice CentreKenya
86.   Roberta Dos SantosSTEP UP/FONGS. Tome and Principe
87.   Andrey LaletinFriends of the Siberian ForestsRussia
88. Jessica WoodroffeGender and Development Network (GADN)United Kingdom


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