23 April 2014

Kenyatta's First Term Gets Negative Scorecard

Photo: Julius Kithuure/ Sabahi Online
Kenya Police man a check point at Kasarani stadium where thousands are being held in the Eastleigh terror crackdown in Nairobi.

Nairobi — THE International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) described President Uhuru Kenyatta's first term in office as one marked by infringement of fundamental rights.

In a statement, FIDH says that despite the commitments made by the Jubilee coalition during its electoral campaign, the first term had been "worrisome."

According to Atsango Chesoni, the KHRC Executive Director, "April 9th 2013 to April 2014 has been a period within which freedom of association and freedom of peaceful assembly have been constantly under threat, freedom of expression and of the press have been seriously infringed, and fundamental rights of non-discrimination have been jeopardized in various ways."

The FIDH President, Karim Lahidji, said that instead of fulfilling their obligation to ensure that victims of post-election violence got justice and redress, President Kenyatta and his vice, William Ruto, have spent their entire first year in office actively undermining these "non-derogeable rights."

"It is time for them to uphold Kenya's constitution and its international obligations," said Lahidji.

FIDH in conjunction with KHRC has published a briefing paper to mark the one year that Jubilee has been in government.

It states outlines the government's infringement of various rights of all citizens.

FIDH also faulted the new authorities for embarking on a "national, regional and international campaign aimed at undermining the functions of the International Criminal Court (ICC)" instead of ensuring that victims of human rights violations, and in particular victims of the 2007/2008 post-election violence, got justice and redress.

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