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:

 

Name Organization Country
1.       Dinah Musindarwezo

FEMNET

Regional
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
8.       Steven Business Kenya
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

FESA Burundi
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

PADEC Burundi
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

 

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