Eight victims of Kenya's 2007-2008 post-election violence on Thursday (February 21st) filed cases demanding government compensation for the alleged brutalities they suffered, Kenya's Capital FM reported.
The two men and six women have asked to keep their identities private to protect them from any further trauma. Civil society organisations, such as the Coalition on Violence Against Women, Independent Medico Legal Unit, Physicians for Human Rights and the International Commission of Jurists, brought the suits on their behalf.
The petitioners allege they suffered from forced circumcision, gang rape and deliberate infection with HIV/AIDS. Victims told the court on Thursday that they did not report the incidents to the police five years ago because they felt little would have been done to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Attorney General Githu Muigai, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and the ministers for medical services and public health have been named as respondents.
Civil society organisations and 15 individual plaintiffs also sued last week for alleged brutality and excessive use of power in 2007-2008.