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JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2014

December 17, 2014

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Over the past two years, Kenya has faced extraordinary security challenges. As international partners and long-time friends, we stand with Kenya in the fight to defeat al-Shabaab and terrorism.

In light of al-Shabaab’s attacks and ongoing threats, we welcome the effort by the Government of Kenya to revise and update the country’s security legislation.  We encourage Kenya’s elected officials to take the time to review carefully the bill now before the National Assembly and to consult broadly to build consensus.  It is important that the legislation, while strengthening security, respects human rights and international obligations.  Protecting Kenya’s Constitution and upholding civil liberties and democracy are among the most effective ways to bolster security.

We also urge Kenya to continue implementing broader reforms to strengthen its security services, including their ability to collaborate across agency lines and carry out operations with full respect for human rights and the rule of law.  Building trust between communities and the security services is also critical.

As Kenya’s international partners, we underscore again our commitment to work with the Government and people of Kenya to meet this country’s challenges, including those related to security.  We are committed to our friendship and to assisting Kenya as it works to build a more secure and prosperous nation.

Signed:

Ambassador of the United States to Kenya Robert F. Godec
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner
High Commissioner of Australia to Kenya Geoff Tooth
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya Joost Reintjes
Ambassador of Germany to Kenya Andreas Peschke
Ambassador of Denmark to Kenya Geert Andersen
Ambassador of France to Kenya Rémi Maréchaux
Ambassador of Sweden to Kenya Johan Borgstam
High Commissioner of Canada to Kenya David Angell

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Full List of NGOs Deregistered by Government

December 17, 2014

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Men in Black Disrupt ODM’s Homa Bay Senatorial Nomination: Ballot Boxes Destroyed

December 15, 2014

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A security officer guards the venue for the nomination of the ODM candidate for the Homa Bay senatorial by-election. Protesting youths who were among delegates were on Monday morning arrested after they turned rowdy and destroyed ballot boxes.

Several youths were Monday morning arrested after they tried to disrupt ODM’s senatorial nominations at the Homa Bay County Assembly grounds. At around 11:30am, the angry youths kicked down ballot boxes that had been set up for the exercise. The youths, who were among ODM delegates about to cast their votes, destroyed the ballot boxes, saying that some of their fellow delegates had been either excluded from the voters’ list or replaced. More here

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UN Experts Urge Sweden to Intensify Fight Against Discrimination of People of African Descent

December 15, 2014

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The Government of Sweden must do more to end discrimination against people of African descent and increase integration as part of a wider effort in combating racism and hate speech, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged today following their visit to the European nation.

The appeal, launched by the Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent, comes amid a heightened prevalence of xenophobic and racist attitudes against migrants and refugee communities despite the Government’s best efforts to counter racial hate.

“Afro-Swedes and Africans with whom we met expressed their experiences of multiple forms of discrimination based on their skin colour, race, religion and sex,” the Working Group declared in a press release.

“Racial discrimination is also manifested in lack of equal access to justice, racial profiling and the failure to effectively investigate, prosecute and deter ‘Afrophobic’ hate crimes,” the experts continued.

“We are concerned that this creates feelings of mistrust in law enforcement bodies among communities and discourages them from accessing help when they themselves are victims of crime or rights abuses.”

The Working Group – which travelled to Sweden from 1-5 December, visiting the cities of Stockholm, Malmö, and Lund – commended the Government’s plan to develop a Human Rights Strategy as well as a policy to accord priority to addressing “Afrophobia” and awareness raising programmes on combating xenophobia and racism.

At the same time, however, it voiced concerned about what they described as the “invisibility and lack of recognition of people of African descent as a specific vulnerable group in the country.”

“For a country that has been perceived as having a long tradition of tolerance and openness, the relative silence around racism and racial discrimination is surprising and worrying,” the experts pointed out.

The Working Group – headed by Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France – will present a final report containing its findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2015.

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Security Law Ammendment Bill Download

December 15, 2014

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Response to statement by Government of Kenya

December 13, 2014

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Al Jazeera Media Network is deeply concerned by the Government of Kenya’s threat to bring charges against those involved in the making of “Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, broadcast on December 8.

Al Jazeera urges the Government of Kenya (GoK) not to attack journalists or to curtail freedom of speech, but instead to confront the serious allegations that its agents commit extra-judicial killings.

“Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, produced by the network’s Investigative Unit, features the testimony of a number of members of Kenya’s counter terrorism units. Each states that the police assassinate suspects on government orders. They claim orders come from the National Security Council, a body chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The documentary was neither “malicious” nor “unethical”. Each point made by the GoK is erroneous and misinformed.

• The promotional material for the documentary never claimed death squads had killed 500 clerics.

• The programme gave the GoK ample opportunity to reply to the accusations and included its denials.

• The identities of all persons interviewed and documents released were checked and verified.

The investigation was the confirmation of an allegation that has been widespread in Kenya for many years:

• The International Criminal Court has spent more than four years examining evidence of extra-judicial killings said to have been committed by the President and his deputy. The case collapsed after the Prosecutor accused the GoK of “an unprecedented effort to intimidate and interfere with witnesses”.

• In 2009, Wikileaks published a document that provided evidence that over 500 young men were killed or made to disappear in a police campaign.

• The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, declared in 2010: “I have received overwhelming testimony that there exists in Kenya a systematic, widespread and well-planned strategy to execute individuals.”

• In August 2014, Human Rights Watch issued a report that concluded: “There is strong evidence that Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.”

• Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on December 9 in response to our investigation: “I have been in the National Security Council and I am aware that the government has a hit squad.”

The GoK accuses those involved in the production of violating “the democratic space which every Kenyan must protect to prevent our democracy from being appropriated by agents and/ or sympathizers of extremists and terrorist agenda.”

Al Jazeera rejects this claim.

While the team that conducted the investigation is based outside Kenya, the statement appears directed at journalists within the country who examine and report on government abuses.

We note that the GoK is proposing new legislation seeking to punish journalists who are found guilty of “undermining security operations”. According to reports, the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 seeks to jail such persons for up to three years or fine them five million Kenyan Shilling (55,000 USD) or both.

Al Jazeera defends the right of journalists to freedom of expression and condemns attempts to restrict the work of professional journalism. It stands by colleagues in the profession facing acts of aggression and harassment.

December 10th 2014

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Inside Kenya’s Death Squards by Al Jazeera

December 8, 2014

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Karl Marx of Kenya list Says God Had Nothing to do With Dropping of Uhuru’s Case at ICC

December 8, 2014

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Uhuru Kenyatta: Should stop empty anti-imperialist rhetoric

Uhuru Kenyatta: Witness intimidation and other strategies led to dropping of cases

Below is an article by a guy called, Karl Max, claiming that Kenyans should stop dragging God’s name into the withdrawal of Uhuru’s case at ICC. Do you think it makes any sense; Just read.

So, Kenyan ‘Christians’ are blaring all over, claiming that it’s their consistent prayers that ‘touched’ God who, in turn, ‘touched’ Bensouda to drop the charges. It would be so comical, if it weren’t so blasphemous.

Get this into your skull: its witness intimidation, bribery of witnesses, reckless investigations and government non-cooperation that radically weakened the case against Uhuru. I frankly don’t know whether Uhuru was guilty or not and it doesn’t matter now; what I know is that the court of conscience rarely forgives and the celestial throne is nothing like the farces staged in this world under the name of ‘justice’.

Whether its Uhuru, Ruto, Raila or whoever it was who orchestrated the violence, the sword of conscience will haunt the culprits up to their graves and even beyond. The poor lunatics who actually raped women, hacked people to death and burned innocent people in a church will have to account for each and every single crime that they committed come the judgement day.
That’s certain.

Now, back to Christians: Stop adding the sin of blasphemy into your already spilling sins. Once the rulers of this world manage to stage their intrigues courtesy of their bottomless pits of wealth and their power, stopping claiming it was God who helped them.

Stop dragging God into your dirty cesspits hallmarked with serpentine schemes and political con games.

Once a millionaire thug bribes voters into electing him as a governor, stop the ‘Leadership is from God’ nonsense. You damn well know the dark ruler of this world.  You damn well know that the god of Kenyans hearts is wealth not God. You damn well know that its this god called mammon that creates leaders in Kenya, not God.

Even the devil with all his daredevil spirit, has never attempted to drag the name of God into the dirty affairs of men. You are exceeding the wickedness of the devil. And the horrible price for this will last up to eternity.

- Karl Max/Kenyanlist.com

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Kiwambo Cha Agwambo: Full Documentary

December 5, 2014

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Professor Abunuasi Answers Kenya Gov Over Arrested Chinese Cyber Thieves

December 5, 2014

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