Human rights defender

Dinah

Shelter CityNijmegenThemeWomen rightsCountryKenya

Dinah’s work is centred on human rights and women’s rights advocacy. She is a social justice activist and women rights advocate. One of the projects Dinah works on is safe spaces for vulnerable girls, especially in the informal settlements of Nairobi. This project aims to mobilise the young women to have dialogue sessions on issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy and women in leadership. She also focuses on electoral justice.

About Dinah

Human rights violations in Kenya 

Kenya has just come from a gruelling electioneering process that was hard fought. Both the August and October 2017 elections were marred by serious human rights abuses. During and after the August 8 polls, Kenyan police and other security agencies used excessive force against protesters, primarily in opposition strongholds. The current regime is not friendly to civil society players. They have cracked down on organisations dealing with human rights, for instance Kenya Human Rights Commission. NGOs working on a range of issues, particularly accountability, security forces abuses, and elections, continue to face hostile rhetoric and restrictions, including threats of closure by authorities.[1]

Threats and harassment

Due to the political landscapes, Dinah and her colleagues have faced different forms of intimidation, arrests and attacks. Almost all of these threats and harassments have been committed by the state agents. The last couple of weeks, police has been throwing tear gas at the people, in order to not have to debate the current political situation.

[1] Human Rights Watch World Report 2018, Kenya chapter pp. 317-321.

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