BURNING OF 28 SENGWER HOMES IN EMBOBUT FOREST, ELGEYO MARAKWET

On 10 July 2020, 28 homes were burnt in Kapkok Glade leaving families with no shelter. The Kenyan Constitution and the 2012 Land Act prohibit such forced evictions. We condemn these actions in the Embobut forest and call for adherence to the Constitution. On May 11,2020, the President through Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issued […]

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Pain and Pandemic: Unmasking the State of Human Rights in Kenya in Containment of the COVID -19 Pandemic

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), on 30th June 2020, released a report titled Pain and Pandemic: Unmasking the State of Human Rights in Kenya in Containment of the COVID -19 Pandemic. The report, which captures the results of KNCHR’s monitoring efforts during this COVID-19 period, revealed that loss of life, inhuman and […]

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President Uhuru Kenyatta lifts Covid-19 restrictions

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced phased reopening of the country as the government moved to relax Covid-19 restrictions. The president said cessation of movement into and out of the capital Nairobi, and Mombasa and Mandera counties would lapse on Tuesday 4am, allowing people to travel into and out of these counties. He, however, […]

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Report flags Kenya as a hotspot for human trafficking

A new US report on global human trafficking trends has put Kenya in the list of countries with the worst human trafficking problems in the world. The Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 report says traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Kenya and exploit victims. “Within the country, traffickers exploit children through forced labour in […]

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Kenya to reopen its airspace despite increasing Covid-19 cases

Kenya is set to reopen its airspace for domestic flights, allow religious gatherings and inter-county tourism and travel in a bid to salvage its battered economy, even as the number of Covid-19 infections continue to rise sharply. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to review the months-long Covid-19 lockdown measures that are supposed to lapse on July […]

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Kenya shelves Naivasha SGR depot cargo pick-up orde

The State has backed down from its earlier directive on the use of standard gauge railway (SGR) for all cargo destined to Nairobi and beyond following pressure from regional economies. Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia told Parliament that regional governments demanded additional developments at the Naivasha inland container depot (ICD) before the directive to […]

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They have killed us more than corona’: Kenya Police Brutality amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Police brutality in Kenya is not new and with the COVID- 19 pandemic the police remains to be accused of using excessive force and violence in the name of imposing the lockdown. On March 25, President Kenyatta announced a government plan for a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew starting March 27. Police appear to have enforced it […]

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Kenya is turning a public health crisis into a law-and-order one

Kenya’s cabinet secretary for health, Mutahi Kagwe, is an unhappy man. A week after the government tentatively allowed restaurants to reopen from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., he seems surprised that Kenyans are actually patronizing these establishments and having beer with sausages. While bars remain closed, eateries can still serve alcohol to their clients. Ordering […]

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