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Steps to follow when faced with a criminal case

By Gilbert Langat Anybody can fall on the wrong side of the law anytime in the course of their life. When this happens most people get confused and may not know what to do. And while ignorance of the law has no defense, ignorance of your rights as an arrested person can impact heavily on your ability to defend yourself ...

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KDF soldiers shoot 2 in Mandera creating rift with locals

On December 21, headlines of reputable publications worldwide brought to the fore an unusual view of a rare act in the fight against terrorism in Kenya. The BBC headlined their story, Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack while USA Today headlined it; Muslims shield Christian passengers in attack on Kenyan bus. Al Jazeera aptly put it thus: Muslims ...

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Freedom of expression invaluable in development

Article 33 of the Constitution of Kenya states that every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom to seek, receive or impart information or ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. However, it has limitations and the same article further ...

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Human rights defenders urged to monitor, document human rights abuses

By Wema Fadhili As the country gears towards the 2017 general elections, actors dealing in human rights issues have been urged to be on the lookout in documenting human rights violation while doing monitoring. “Documentation holds key to accuracy, accountability and transparency. Lack of documentation has contributed to those committing atrocities get away with it,” said Otieno Aluoka from the ...

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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 applications open this week

The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 applications open this week with the fellowship increasing the intake numbers from 500 to 1,000 participants. The secretariat says that the selection process is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in ...

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Kenyan Jessica Musila among the 2015 Internet Freedom Fellows

Jessica Musila is the Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust, the organization behind www.mzalendo.com, Kenya’s premier Parliamentary Monitoring Initiative

Kenyan Jessica Musila is among the five 2015 Internet Freedom Fellows. Jessica Musila is the Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust, the organization behind www.mzalendo.com, Kenya’s premier Parliamentary Monitoring Initiative. Over the last four years, she has spearheaded Mzalendo’s evolution from a blog into a largely self-sustaining site with an organization supporting it. She is passionate about social justice and prior ...

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Social media, blogging use define Kenya’s internet freedom concerns

Concerns over internet freedoms in Kenya can be broadly traced to larger rights and freedoms enjoyed by Kenyans in the 2010 Constitution. The Constitution has a progressive Bill of Rights which among others guarantees rights to privacy, freedom of media, freedom of information and freedom of expression among others. Prior to this Constitution, internet concerns in Kenya were largely about access. ...

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War Memorial Hospital contravened Baby Jeremy’s rights – Nakuru Lawyer

The War Memorial Hospital that detained a child because his mother could not pay his medical bill went against his rights, a Lawyer has argued. The private hospital in Nakuru County detained a child named Jeremy for more than three months as his mother could not clear a bill for medical services the child received in its intensive care unit (ICU). ...

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What are the Rights of arrested persons in Kenya

Police Arrests in Kenya

The two year sentence conviction for Alan Wadi Okong’o aka Lieutenant Wadi for ‘undermining the authority of President Uhuru’, by Magistrate Ann Waguru brought into focus the rights of an arrested person since he lacked legal representation. According to the charge sheet, Wadi was prosecuted based on Section 13 (a), (b) and 2 of the National Cohesion Act, which if he was well ...

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The Constitution aptly guarantees human rights

There is an ongoing concern among human rights defenders and lawyers on The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill which is intended to empower the government and security agencies to fight terrorism. There are many glaring concerns on the Bill, like how Parliament want it rushed which have been captured here How new security law to fight terror infringes on rights. Human ...

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Why should witches be burnt? The Witchcraft Act in the Kenyan Constitution

Burning witches

  A major human rights scandal that has been neglected for ages ‘It is late Afternoon in Nyamataro Village. I hear wailing sounds filled with anger and excitement. At first, my mind churns that it could be a celebration of release of young men from the circumcision dens. I keep peeling my cassavas. Today, I am preparing my favorite ‘city-meal’ ...

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