The Kenyan government’s decision to prosecute 17 peaceful protestors on the spurious charges of breach of peace and disturbance after a demonstration to oppose parliamentary salary increases is in direct violation of the constitutional right of all Kenyans to peacefully assemble and is a serious abuse of the court process.
Nearly four years after the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (KJRC) was set up to investigate gross violations of human rights, the Commission released its report on Tuesday, May 21, and delivered it to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Freedom House welcomes the comprehensive report and strongly urges the government of Kenya to immediately take steps to implement its recommendations.
Freedom House congratulates the Kenyan people for expressing their will in a peaceful and democratic election and in the process, demonstrating to the rest of the world Kenya's democratic resilience following the violent election-related upheaval of 2007-2008. We urge the country's citizens to continue to reject political violence, and to remain vigilant and active in demanding accountable government from their elected leaders.
Freedom House applauds the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the March 4th general elections and patience during the six-day ballot tally by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.
Freedom House is working to empower civil society to advance domestic justice and put an end to impunity, while also strengthening intra- and inter-regional networks of advocates working to advance this issue.