Kenya

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

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

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly

Authorities continue to disperse and restrict protests, while the courts issue positive orders holding security officers to account for excessive force. Read more

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly