Human rights defender


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Naythan has been working for about 15 years on numerous human rights issues in Kenya. He is the head of an organisation which focusses on indigenous and land rights of a local community. He also works in partnership with an organisation on the documentation of human rights violations that occur in Kenya, including but not limited to: police brutality and extrajudicial killings. One of Naythan’s latest projects deals with obtaining compensation for internally displaced persons who lost their land and families who lost their loved ones because of post-election violence in 2007. Moreover, Nathan is closely following the issue of corruption in relation to the mismanagement of public resources in Kenya.



The history of hate speech and incitement to violence in Kenya is ‘a long, widespread and unhappy one’. Ethnic stereotyping and stoking suspicions between communities has been used by the Kenyan politicians as a tool to diminish the opponents and to gain political power. This led to many displacements and deaths in Kenya.[2] Free and fair elections cannot be held in an insecure environment. Kenya also suffers from an increase of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations as the result of Kenya’s intensified fight against terrorism.


[2] During the 1990s, more than 2,000 people died and 500,000 were displaced in the Rift valley.

About Naythan


As a Human Rights Defender Naythan faces threats. Nathan works in an area where he interacts with different ethnic groups who are in conflict with each other. In this region, tribal and political clashes are common and Naythan’s interference in those issues has led to recurrent threats from communities’ members.