Kenya

CSOs condemn murder of LGBTIQ+ member, protesters beaten

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned an Indian film for promoting same sex marriage, LGBTIQ+ member Sheila Adhiambo Lumumba found dead after brutal attack; striking inmates at the Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi County were badly beaten by officers; Magistrates’ Court in Mombasa findsd six activists guilty of gathering illegally and failing to maintain physical distances in a public place during a demonstration; police officers arrest and beat human rights defender Julius Kamau, for protesting the high cost of living outside the Treasury building; Mombasa citizens held the “NjaaRevolution” (translated to ‘hunger revolution’), protesting the high cost of living; Read more

CSOs condemn murder of LGBTIQ+ member, protesters beaten

LGBTIQ+ rights facing increasing threat, journalists attacked

journalists attacked for what may be related to their work; LGBTIQ+ NGO awaits supreme court ruling on registration; WHRD killed; Read more

LGBTIQ+ rights facing increasing threat, journalists attacked

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Kakuzi PLC, a Kenyan agricultural company with a UK parent company, sued two human rights organisations - the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Ndula Resource Centre (NRC) over their advocacy work with local communities; environmental activist shot dead; Several police shootings reported during various protests; several journalists attacked, arrested and detained in separate incidents. Read more

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Deterioration of freedom of assembly for pro-human rights activists

On 1 May 2021, Kenyans took to the streets to protest police brutality during the lockdown. Protestors raised concerns about the misuse of lockdown regulations as a justification to repress citizens. During the protest, police used teargas on protestors and reporters, detained protestors, and forced a man into the police truck, after failing to take his protest sign. Several protests were held in Kenya in solidarity with Palestinians. On 13 May 2021, approximately 200 people, mostly Muslims demonstrated against the bombing of Palestine by Israel after Eid prayers in Nairobi. The police arrested several protestors and dispersed the peaceful protest with teargas. Read more

Deterioration of freedom of assembly for pro-human rights activists

Freedom of expression on a steady decline, accountability for police brutality an elusive feat

attacks on journalists on a steady rise; Online expression facing severe restrictions; LGBTIQ+ activists reported a spike in cases of attacks on the community during the COVID-19 pandemic; protesters continue to face violent disruption of protests by police Read more

Freedom of expression on a steady decline, accountability for police brutality an elusive feat

Bloggers and comedians targeted by restrictive media laws

There is a threat posed to media distributing content that is allegedly not in line with Kenya's laws. On 4 March 2021, social media blogger Edgar Obare was arrested and charged with publishing false information under section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2018. Additionally, he was accused of coaching a lady to extort 10 million Kenya shillings from a governor. On 11 March 2021, a Kenyan comedian was arrested by police officers and the Kenya Film and Classification Board compliance officers for posting ‘explicit content’ on YouTube, and charged for violating the Kenya Films and Stage Play Act CAP 222. He was later released. Read more

Bloggers and comedians targeted by restrictive media laws

Protests continue; amid COVID-19 and despite police brutality

Police brutality and heavy-handed enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions continued throughout July and August 2020; police excess reported in several other non-COVID related protests; the Law Society of Kenya’s (LSK) application to suspend sections of the Cybercrimes Act was dismissed by the Court of Appeal. Read more

Protests continue; amid COVID-19 and despite police brutality

Activists denounce police excesses in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

human rights activists protest killings by Kenyan police officers while enforcing virus-related restrictions and also accused officers of using the situation to extort bribes; at least a dozen officers had been interdicted after public uproar over police brutality in curfew enforcement; Hundreds protest over demolitions in Nairobi's Kariobangi poor informal settlement; Blogger Robert Alai arrested over COVID-19 post Read more

Activists denounce police excesses in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

Police brutality a continuing crisis in Kenya

Report by Human Rights Watch shows that Kenyan police continue to kill crime suspects and protesters in cold blood; High Court dismisses petition by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) which challenged the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018; Kenyan National Assembly’s Labour and Social Welfare Committee rejected a bill that sought to restrict to five days the right to strike for workers who provide essential services; at least one person was killed and dozens injured when demonstrators clashed with police in Kasarani district, north-east of Nairobi in January Read more

Police brutality a continuing crisis in Kenya

Concerns raised over continued restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly

CSOs raise concern over increased harassment and escalating impunity for violation against human rights defenders (HRDs) and protesters, aide attached to a governor physically assaults journalist for alleged 'bad publicity', Read more

Concerns raised over continued restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly