RFK Center for Human Rights Condemns Kenya’s Security Law and Mass De-registration of NGOs

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Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights condemned the recently passed and signed Security Law (amendment) Act of Kenya. Though the law has been partially suspended by the Kenyan High Court, the law targets NGO’s claiming that they had, among other things, “funded terrorist organizations.” Observers note that those targeted were mainly human rights and pro-democracy organizations and see this as a crackdown of Kenyan civil society. The law amounts to a restriction of free expression and due process in wake of several terrorist attacks including the infamous Westgate mall attack. This is in direct violation of article 9 and 10 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights to which Kenya is a party.

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