PROTEST STATEMENT: Halt threats & intimidation to the Kenyan Civil Society

For Immediate Media Release: 17/08/2017

PROTEST STATEMENT:

Halt threats & intimidation to the Kenyan Civil Society

72 Regional & International Civil Society organizations from 22 countries raise collective condemnation on harassment of CSOs in Kenya.

Nairobi/17th August 2018: 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 wonton 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 : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: + 254 20 3749346

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Endorsed by:-

Name

Organization

Country

  1. Dinah Musindarwezo

FEMNET

Regional

  1. Yves Niyiragira

Fahamu

Regional

  1. Achieng Akena

Pan African Citizens Network (PACIN)

Kenya

  1. Jimmy Ochieng

Student

Kenya

  1. Grace Munduru Merct

FIDA-Uganda

Uganda

  1. Tafadzwa Muropa

individual

Zimbabwe

  1. Okeke Julie

Women Initiative for Peace and Good Governance (WIPGG)

Nigeria

  1. Steven

Business

Kenya

  1. Alice Junqueira

Red MÁS

Brazil

  1. Bose Ironsi Ironsi

Women's Rights and Health Project

Nigeria

  1. Eunice Mwende

Africa Centre for Open Governance

Kenya

  1. Lee Webster

Womankind Worldwide

UK

  1. Gabriel Dolan

Haki Yetu

Kenya

  1. Jean Claude Kalinganire

APALAC coalition

Pays Bas

  1. Migai Akech

University of Nairobi

Kenya

  1. Zahid Rajan

AwaaZ

Kenya

  1. Zarina Patel

AwaaZ

Kenya

  1. Kimani Nyoike

Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi

Kenya

  1. June Waudby

Amnesty

UK

  1. Firoze Manji

Daraja Press

Canada

  1. Isis Alvarez

Global Forest Coalition

Colombia

  1. Catherine Duru

Echoes of Women in Africa

Nigeria

  1. Rogaya Hamza Osman

PASED

Sudan

  1. Flavia Mwangovya

Equality Now

Kenya

  1. Okumba Miruka

Consultant

Kenya

  1. NJERI KABEBERI

GREENPEACE AFRICA

South Africa

  1. Salome Nduta

NCHRD-K

Kenya

  1. Winnie Maru

Forum for Young Women in Politics

Kenya

  1. Steph Muchai

Hivos East Africa

Kenya

  1. Peter Ngo'la Owiti

Wote Youth Development Projects

Kenya

  1. Pauline Lambou

Leading Women of Africa

Cameroon

  1. KUWONU Kafui

WiLDAF West Africa

Togo

  1. Loretta Ahuokpeme

Our Lady of Perpetual help initiative

Nigeria

  1. Hanna Gunnarsson

WECF

Germany

  1. Sehnaz Kiymaz

Women for Women's Human Rights - New Ways

Türkiye

  1. Sara Katrine Brandt

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Denmark

  1. Jedidah Maina

TICAH

Kenya

  1. Muthoni Ngige

Minority Women in Action

Kenya

  1. Denise Nzila Kayika

FIFEF

DR Congo

  1. S Katuu

Private

Austria

  1. Gia Gaspard Taylor

Network of Rural Women Producers

Trinidad & Tobago

  1. Francis Romani Selasini

NAFGEM

Tanzania

  1. Chris Mbiti

PEN

Kenya

  1. Njoki Wamai

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

  1. Yakhama Kristine

Good Health Community Programmes

Kenya

  1. Onyango Oloo

Sankara Centre for Social Movements

Kenya

  1. Obeng

Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)

Kenya

  1. Riva Jalipa

Tax Justice Network Africa

Kenya

  1. Bola Olajuwon

The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria

  1. Michelle Mbuthia

TJNA

Kenya

  1. Kamala Dickson

Vision East Africa Forum (VEAF)

Tanzania

  1. Bizimana Charles

Coalition for Tax and Governance

Burundi

  1. Alain Ndikuriyo

F.A.S

Burundi

  1. East African Civil Society Organizations Forum
  2. Kaze Dorine

FESA

Burundi

  1. Andre Miburo

COPER

Burundi

  1. Beata Kamana

FUCOS

Burundi

  1. Kubwimana Desire

SOHORAMABOKO

Burundi

  1. Gahungu Venany

TWIYUNGE

Burundi

  1. Prosper Kalungi

FGM

RDC

  1. Bukuru Donatienne

REGA

Burundi

  1. Beatrice Kwizera

BUTERERE ASBL

Burundi

  1. Atrocities Watch                
  2. Ndayishimiye Emerence

PADEC

Burundi

  1. Bakame Julienne

CEFAD

Burundi

  1. Ndikuriyo Jeannine

BUFAD

Burundi

  1. Kalema Kalumba

FARDCECO

RDC

  1. Kasavubu Clement

DIFARDC

RDC

  1. Fataï Aina

Amis de l'Afrique Francophone- Benin (AMAF-BENIN)

Benin

  1. Nick Mathiason

Finance Uncovered

UK

  1. Jean Mballa

CRADEC

Cameroon

  1. Christine Omao

Dandelion Kenya

Kenya

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