Kenya: Civil Society Calls for Government Accountability and Reparations Following State Repression

July 1, 2024

Following the tragic events of June 25, where dozens of young Kenyans were killed and hundreds injured during protests, the Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG), which the Kenyan Commission on Human Rights is part of, issued a statement calling on the government to end its crackdown on free expression and association. Security forces violated human rights by killing protesters, making arrests, and committing abductions. President William Ruto downplayed these atrocities and provided inaccurate figures on deaths, injuries, and arrests. The PRWG demands that Ruto take responsibility, ensure police accountability, uphold protest rights, cover medical and burial expenses, and reject the Finance Bill, 2024. The group also calls for the immediate return of the KDF to barracks and adherence to constitutional governance principles.

Read the full statement here.