Human rights defender


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Francis is a social justice activist from Kenya. His latest project focuses on researching and documenting cases of police brutality and extrajudicial killings, during the disputed presidential election in Kenya 2017. His main work within this project includes documenting cases of police brutality in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Francis collects evidence to achieve his goal. Also, Francis has collaborated on a voluntary basis with Peace Brigades International Kenya on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Toolkit. This toolkit offers resources as well as recommendations to help address the specific challenges of grassroots WHRDs.

About Francis

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 polling, 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

As grassroots level activist, Francis gets first-hand information that he shares with several (international) organizations. He has documented several extrajudicial killings by the police. The Kenyan government continues to take action against grassroots activists. Francis is being threatened with a number of things: death threats, black mailing, illegal arrest and intimidation.

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