1. Latest Updates from Kenya
  2. Government Crackdown Threatens Rights
  3. Kenya: Bring Detained Lawyer to Court
  4. Authorities Arbitrarily Shut Down TV, Radio Coverage
  5. Kenya: Security Forces Should Respond with Restraint
  6. Kenya: Sexual Violence Marred Elections
  7. Kenya: Rein in Police, Condemn New Abuses
  8. Kenya, Again, Represses Civil Society
  9. Another Kenya Election, More Abuses
  10. Risk of Sexual Violence Around Kenya’s Repeat Election
  11. Kenya: Police Killed, Beat Post-Election Protesters
  12. Kenya: Police Protection Needed for Judiciary
  13. Election-related Sexual Violence in Kenya
  14. Kenya: Post-Election Killings, Abuse
  15. Kenya’s Government Should Know Free Press is Crucial for Fair Election
  16. Kenyan Government Cracks Down on Rights Groups
  17. Tragic Turn in Post-Election Violence
  18. Addressing Brutality in Nairobi’s Low-Income Areas
  19. Reports of Post-Election Police Brutality
  20. Kenya: Police Restraint Critical
  21. Kenyatta Declared President in Kenya
  22. History Made in Kenya's Elections
  23. Statement on Election Process
  24. No Money for Voter Education?
  25. Investigate Electoral Official’s Killing
  26. “When Women Run”
  27. Kenya: Candidates Should Commit to Addressing Abuses
  28. Communities leaving Eldoret Ahead of August
  29. Presidential Debate Falls Short on Rights Discussion
  30. Three Coastal Counties Remain Under Curfew
  31. Address discrimination against women in Kenya elections
  32. “I am a leader, but I was forced to quit”
  33. Insecurity, ‘negotiated democracy’ challenge to elections in Mandera
  34. 22 polling centers in Baringo inaccessible – Government Official
  35. “I will leave Naivasha because of threats, lack of police protection”
  36. Tensions Simmer in Kenya’s Largest County
  37. Justice Lacking for Victims of Kenya’s Post-Election Violence
  38. Rift Valley Violence Threatens Voting
  39. Lecturers and Nurses Strike
  40. Kicking off the debate on integrity in Kenya
  41. Nairobi Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off
  42. Intimidation Reports as Voting Nears
  43. A Hungry Election
  44. Looking at the Numbers in Kenya’s Elections
  45. Kenyan Journalist Detained Over Story
  46. Space for Marginalized Groups in Kenya Election?
  47. Gender Discrimination in Kenya Elections
  48. Ballots to Bullets, Remembering the Roots of the 2007 Violence
  49. Journalist Allegedly Assaulted in Bungoma
  50. Upsurge in attacks threaten to suppress vote
  51. ICG report: Potential triggers for inter-ethnic violence in the Rift Valley
  52. Attacks on Media Threaten Kenyan Elections
  53. Interview: Crackdown on Media Ahead of Kenya’s 2017 Vote
  54. New Kenya Report: "Not Worth The Risk"
  55. Report: Threats to Free Expression Ahead of Kenya Elections
  56. Kenyan Authorities Should Ensure Free, Fair August Poll
  57. Kenya Elections Blog

Kenya Elections 2017

On September 1, Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the August 8 elections, in which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with over 54 percent of votes. In compliance with court orders, the IEBC scheduled fresh elections for October 26, the withdrawal of Raila Odinga on October 10 has created uncertainty on whether the elections could take place on the stated date. The elections were marred by serious human rights violations by Kenyan security forces, who used excessive force to break up protests and carry out house-to-house operations particularly in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and western Kenya. At least 12 people were killed by police in western counties of Kisumu and Siaya alone and another 33 in Nairobi during the violence.

Over the past five years, Kenyan authorities have consistently failed to adequately investigate a range of abuses across the country and undermine basic rights to free expression and association. Human rights activists and journalists face numerous obstacles and harassment.</p>

Latest Updates from Kenya

We will no longer be updating this blog as frequently. For recent developments on Kenya, please visit our Kenya webpage at: https://www.hrw.org/africa/kenya

 

Residents flee as anti-riot policemen pursue opposition protestors in Mathare, Nairobi, on August 12.

© 2017 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Government Crackdown Threatens Rights

Miguna Miguna (left) partakes in Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic presidential oath of office, Nairobi, Kenya, January 30, 2018. 

© 2018 Reuters

Human rights groups have been concerned since President Uhuru Kenyatta took power in 2013 at the authoritarian direction Kenya’s government has been taking. But the situation has taken an alarming turn in the past week. Three highly repressive measures by the authorities since January 30 should worry us all, including the international community, which has been treating Kenyatta’s administration with kid gloves.

Kenyan media and nongovernment groups that are even mildly critical of the government have come under immense pressure in the last five years.

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Kenya: Bring Detained Lawyer to Court

Miguna Miguna (left) partakes in Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic presidential oath of office, Nairobi, Kenya, January 30, 2018. 

© 2018 Reuters

(Nairobi)– Kenyan police should urgently produce Miguna Miguna, an opposition party lawyer who was arrested in Nairobi on February 2, 2018. He is among three people, including two members of parliament, arrested in a crackdown by Kenyan authorities against those who participated in Raila Odinga’s oath ceremony on January 30. Police have failed to produce Miguna in court in accordance with court orders on both February 2 and February 5, as well as Kenyan law, which requires the accused to be brought to court within 24 hours.

“Kenyan authorities should urgently obey a court order to either release or produce Miguna Miguna in court,” said Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The flagrant flouting of court orders undermines the basic concept of the rule of law.”

Odinga, presidential candidate for the leading opposition coalition, NASA, rejected Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the country’s presidential election, after a court ordered a rerun of the August 8 election. Miguna and another lawyer, Tom Kajwang, swore in Odinga as “the people’s president” on January 30 on the basis of August 8 election results, which Odinga and his NASA coalition insist they won.

The authorities also ignored a February 1 court order suspending the government shutdown of mainstream television and radio stations on January 30. 

Authorities Arbitrarily Shut Down TV, Radio Coverage

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition gather ahead of Odinga's planned swearing-in ceremony as the President of the People's Assembly at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya, January 30, 2018. 

© 2018 Reuters

Kenyan authorities stopped news outlets from covering a planned public event by a political opposition leader on January 30, 2018.. The Communications Authority of Kenya switched off three television stations and their affiliated radio stations. The television and radio stations were still off air at time of writing.

The authorities appear to have been angered by the decision of the media companies to defy President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order to editors at a meeting on January 26 not to cover the planned swearing in of the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who rejected Kenyatta’s victory on October 26, 2017 in the presidential election. The Kenyan authorities have not given any explanation or legal justification for their attempt to ban media coverage of Odinga.

Please read the full report here:

Kenya: Security Forces Should Respond with Restraint

Residents flee as anti-riot policemen pursue opposition protestors in Mathare, Nairobi, on August 12.

© 2017 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

“With political tensions mounting ahead of the planned swearing-in of opposition candidate Raila Odinga, it is crucial security forces respond to any protests or violence with restraint and respect for rights,” said Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Everyone should respect and uphold rights enshrined in the constitution and international law, especially the right to life.”

Kenya: Sexual Violence Marred Elections

Widespread sexual violence marred Kenya’s 2017 elections. The Kenyan government should urgently take steps to protect women and girls, as well as men and boys, from sexual violence.

(Nairobi) – Widespread sexual violence marred Kenya’s 2017 elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Kenyan government should urgently take steps to protect women and girls, as well as men and boys, from sexual violence.

The full report can be accessed here:

Kenya: Rein in Police, Condemn New Abuses

An opposition supporter gestures in front of policemen during clashes in Kawangware slum in Nairobi, Kenya October 30, 2017.

© 2017 Reuters

(Nairobi) – Kenyan authorities should condemn recent violence, rein in any police abuses, and investigate scores of killings, most of them by police, during the prolonged electoral period, Human Rights Watch said today.

A series of protests and clashes between police and opposition supporters began on November 17, 2017, at the Nairobi airport while supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga escorted him to the town center. Protests and clashes continued in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and western Kenya following the Supreme Court decision on November 20 affirming President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

Read the full statement here: