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PUBLIC STATEMENT ON TAVETA 10

NCHRD-K Concerned with criminalization of human rights defense, punitive bail against human rights defenders and whistleblowers

Nairobi, 14 November 2016

Ten persons, including local farmers and activists are languishing in Taveta GK Prison for protesting against illegal land acquisitions and corruption in the county. The ten were arrested on 31 October 2016 and charged in court the following day in Taveta Court in Taita Taveta County of Kenya. They are accused of participating in an unlawful assembly contrary to s. 79 of the penal code. (CR Case No 381/2016).

The ten: Charles Mwanzia; Ramadhan Mathenge Kamosu; Justus Munyao; Fabian Ngure; Julius Kimondio; Frank Mbomani; Ambrose Hemed; Msafiri Mkillo; Julius Masuma; Peter Kithome have been unable to each raise the bond that the Court set at Kshs 300,000 with 2 sureties for each of the accused and are languishing in detention over misdemeanor charges.

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CELEBRATING WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN KENYA

Celebrating WHRDs

Celebrating WHRDs in Kenya

November 29th is a day of recognition for women human rights defenders, and it is a day to commemorate activism, advocacy and courageous acts of resistance. The campaign focuses on defense of rights and the impact of abuses by state and non-state actors (including family and community members), the rise in militarism and fundamentalism’s. They are also targeted due to their own real or perceived sexual orientation and gender or that of individuals who they represent.

It is thus through this initiative that National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K) has opted to celebrate and recognize the great work done by the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Kenya.

“I call on the international community and States to publicly and unequivocally recognize the work of such women human rights defenders, to protect them, and to ensure that perpetrators of violations against those activists are investigated and prosecuted. I recommend the implementation of gender-specific protection measures and programmes for women human rights defenders.” Michael Frost, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of HUman Rights Defenders commemorating the International Day of WHRDs in 2015.

 

UN Declaration on HRDs

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HRDs suffer judicial prosecutions in their quest to fight Violations like land grabbing. Video Courtsey of John Allan Namu/Africa Uncensored

The following two articles are part of UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Article 9

  1. 1. In the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the promotion and protection of human rights as referred to in the present Declaration, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to benefit from an effective remedy and to be protected in the event of the violation of those rights.
  1. 2. To this end, everyone whose rights or freedoms are allegedly violated has the right, either in person or through legally authorized representation, to complain to and have that complaint  promptly reviewed in a public hearing before an independent, impartial and competent judicial or other authority established by law and to obtain from such an authority a decision, in accordance with law, providing redress, including any compensation  due,  where  there  has  been  a  violation  of  that  person’s  rights  or  freedoms,  as  well  as enforcement of the eventual decision and award, all without undue delay.

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