Prevention of Torture Act is a vital step in the right direction

On April 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Prevention of Torture Act. This is the culmination of five years of advocacy by civil society for an anti-torture law. It buttresses Article 29(d) of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This right cannot be derogated under 

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Women Representatives want to run CDF like Affirmative Action Fund

If Parliament succeeds in sneaking in constitutional amendments proposed in late January, 2017, Woman representatives will be in charge of the Affirmative Action Social Development Fund, which is designed to cater for marginalized and special interest groups. Other amendments proposes to create a CDF fund alongside the consolidated fund and an oversight fund for MPs 

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Why Lenaola will be greatly missed at constitutional and human rights courts

The announcement by the Judicial Service Commission that Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola had been selected to fill the vacancy of Judge of the Supreme Court has been celebrated and lauded by all Kenyans, especially those who follow constitutional and human rights cases and jurisprudential trends in this country. For a lawyer like me, who often argues before 

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Stop Intimidation of Journalists

Journalists in Kenya are facing an increasingly polarised, repressive and disconcerting working environment. Various agencies and actors of the national and county governments; elected politicians and in some cases citizens; have taken it upon themselves to normalise, unwarranted and continuous harassment, stalking, physical abuse, online bashing, physical assaults and in some cases attempted assassinations of 

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It’s time to set up judicial inquiry into extra-judicial killings, disappearances

Six years ago, the United Nations General Assembly voted to designate August 30 as the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance, to draw attention to the global problem of enforced disappearances. The discussions drew little relevance in Kenya. This was for two reasons. Three days earlier, Kenyans had voted overwhelmingly for a new Constitution 

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