• In the March 4 presidential elections, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner in the first round with 6.1 million votes. The Supreme Court upheld the election results, following challenges by Raila Odinga, who was declared runner-up with 5.3 million votes, and others.

    Kenyatta, his running-mate William Ruto, and radio journalist, Joshua Sang, are facing charges at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. They were charged following the post-election violence of 2007-2008, which left about 1,300 people dead.

    Kenya faces serious challenges with implementing its new constitution and police reforms. Kenya’s military incursion into Somalia sparked retaliatory attacks, allegedly by supporters of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab. Kenya’s forces often responded by arbitrarily arresting and beating Somalis in Kenya’s refugee camps.

  • Somali women and children fleeing their homes in Nairobi’s predominantly Somali suburb of Eastleigh on November 20, 2012, two days after an attack on a bus by unknown perpetrators caused Kenyan gangs to riot and attack Somali refugees and Somali Kenyans. The police ended the riots but then unleashed ten weeks of torture and other abuses in Eastleigh against at least one thousand refugees, asylum seekers and Somali Kenyans.
    The Kenyan authorities should reconsider a new plan to forcibly move 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps. News media reported that Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku made the announcement on March 25, 2014, two days after unidentified attackers killed six people in a church near Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa.

Reports

Kenya

  • Apr 24, 2014
    Kenyan authorities failed to investigate adequately a spate of organized gang attacks on western villages during and after the March 2013 elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The authorities should reopen investigations into the attacks in Busia and Bungoma counties and prosecute those responsible for carrying out and supporting the attacks.
  • Apr 11, 2014

    Kenyan police and other security agencies should stop arbitrary arrests and detentions, extortion, and other abuses against Somalis during security operations,  Human Rights Watch said.

  • Apr 4, 2014
    Kenyan authorities should promptly investigate the killing on April 1, 2014, of a prominent Muslim cleric in the city of Mombasa. Abubakar Shariff, an imam known as Makaburi and the chief cleric of the Masjid Musa mosque, was the third high-profile Muslim cleric to be gunned down in the Bamburi area of Mombasa in the past two years.
  • Mar 26, 2014
    The Kenyan authorities should reconsider a new plan to forcibly move 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps. News media reported that Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku made the announcement on March 25, 2014, two days after unidentified attackers killed six people in a church near Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Kenya made little progress on core reforms in 2013.
  • Jan 14, 2014
  • Jan 7, 2014
    As the Kenyan authorities’ stubborn refusal to carry out their primary responsibilities to provide justice have made clear for victims of Kenya’s post-election violence, the ICC is their only hope for redress.
  • Dec 9, 2013
  • Nov 14, 2013
  • Nov 12, 2013
    Now in its 24th year, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival marks its third year in Nairobi, Kenya with an extraordinary program of films set to inspire, inform and spark debate.