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05 Jun 2017 description

NEW YORK—Kenya’s decision to acknowledge the land rights of the country’s Nubian minority, announced on June 2, 2017, marks a historic victory for community-based efforts to end patterns of entrenched discrimination against the Nubians, the Open Society Justice Initiative said today. 

16 May 2017 description

by Laura Bingham

This April, a mobile registration team was hard at work again in the Kibera neighborhood of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. For five days, a team offered people help in securing national identity cards—a document that also serves as vital proof of Kenyan citizenship—setting up in mosques, car parks and community halls that are frequented by members of the country’s Nubian minority.

27 Nov 2012 description

East Africa has emerged in recent years as a focus of both transnational terrorism and Western-backed counterterrorism efforts. Governments have a responsibility to combat terrorism in a lawful manner. But as this report documents, counterterrorism tactics and operations in East Africa have led to a variety of human rights violations. Governments in the region have cited the need to fight terrorism as a pretext to crack down on political opposition, human rights defenders, and lawful expressions of dissent.

30 Aug 2012 description

The international community’s attention to Kenya has been sharply focused on the upcoming March 2013 elections and preventing the type of horrific ethnic violence that surrounded the 2007 election. But other things, big things, are afoot.

06 Apr 2011 description

April 6, 2011 | by Mugambi Kiai

The following article originally appeared in The Star.

22 Feb 2011 description

February 22, 2011 | by Mugambi Kiai

The following article originally appeared in The Star.

Recently I came across an argument supporting tribalism in Kenya:

It is important that a community of interest put their votes in one basket based either on a political, economic, or ideological philosophy along the lines of the Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. The people of Mt Kenya region definitely have issues that are unique to their circumstances just like the people of other regions have certain situations specific to them.

07 Feb 2011 description

February 7, 2011 | by Mugambi Kiai

The following article originally appeared in The Star.

You should never take a knife to a gunfight. But that is exactly what will happen if we buy the argument that the freshly minted governance institutions established under the new Kenyan constitution can handle those bearing the greatest responsibility for the 2007 post-election violence.

The reason is very simple: unlike instant coffee that is ready as soon as it is stirred in hot water, governance reforms take time to settle, catch on, and spread.

20 Sep 2010 description

September 20, 2010 | by Adam Hussein Adam

"Are my documents in order?" I asked the official. This was my fifth attempt in ten years to obtain a Kenyan passport. Now I was before the Criminal Investigations Department for an in-person "vetting."

"Identification cards could be forged, and so people's pictures," was the official's response. Of course, the vetting process, which has existed in Kenya for the last 20 years, targets only members of select ethnic, religious, and racial groups.

16 Apr 2008 description

Lessons that should be learned for the future

Bronwen Manby