Freedom House condemns the Kenyan Parliament’s passage of a bill allowing broad government control of the country’s media, and urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to support the country’s vibrant independent media sector by vetoing the legislation.
Freedom House strongly urges the Kenyan government to adhere to internationally recognized norms and its own stated democratic ideals and allow a broad coalition of civil society organizations to hold a planned peaceful demonstration in Nairobi on November 19.
Freedom House strongly condemns the passage of a motion by Kenyan MPs to withdraw their country from the International Criminal Court, and calls upon the Kenyan Parliament to adhere to international standards regarding the investigation and trial of those accused of grave human rights violations.
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.