Council of the European Union Conclusions on Kenya

Council of the European Union Conclusions on Kenya

2851st EXTERNAL RELATIONS Council meeting Brussels,
18 February 2008

The Council adopted the following conclusions:
1. The Council expresses its deep concern that the violence, uncertainty and instability in Kenya continue.
2. The Council reiterates the urgent need for Kenya’s leaders to engage seriously and flexibly in order to bring an immediate end to the violence and to ensure security, stability and the protection of human rights for all in Kenya. The Council calls on the Kenyan parties to engage constructively in a genuine spirit of compromise in order to find a legitimate political settlement.

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Nigerian diplomat jets in as peace talks resume

Nigerian diplomat jets in as peace talks resume

Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji from Nigeria is expected to arrive today to assist former UN chief Kofi Annan in the mediation efforts. Mr Adeniji is a former Nigerian minister and UN official. And Government and ODM negotiators yesterday held an informal meeting to prepare for the official resumption of the mediation talks today.

Government representatives, Cabinet ministers Martha Karua, Sam Ongeri and Moses Wetangula, and MP Mutula Kilonzo met ODM’s Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto, James Orengo and Sally Kosgei in the absence of Mr Annan. And the African chapter of the Human Rights Watch has said a political agreement in Kenya was a step forward, but politicians must take immediate steps to ensure accountability for human rights violations for further negotiations to build lasting stability.

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Displaced teachers moved to new bases

Displaced teachers moved to new bases

Over 1,800 teachers in Nakuru District have been temporarily moved to new schools after they were displaced from their former work stations by violence occasioned by disputed vote tallying in last year’s presidential election. The local chapter of the Kenya National Union of Teachers said Sunday that most of the displaced teachers were working in Keringet, Kuresoi, Olenguruone, Mauche and Mau Narok divisions which were hard-hit by the violence. The branch executive secretary, Mr Njau Kuria, added that other teachers were displaced in parts of Molo, Elburgon, Lare, Gilgil, Njoro and Rongai divisions.

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Hygiene proves major challenge at new camp

Hygiene proves major challenge at new camp

Displaced people in Naivasha are slowly adjusting to living in tents despite numerous problems in a new camp they were moved to last week. More than 2,000 displaced people have been moved from two camps in Naivasha Town to the newly rehabilitated Kedong camp on South Lake Road, about eight kilometres from the town’s centre. Naivasha is currently holding more than 4,000 people, who were victims of post-poll violence that took an ethnic angle and saw at least 30 people hacked and burnt to death in the area. But inadequate water supply and poor sanitation are the major problems haunting the internal displaced. At Kedong, there are 25 toilets and 35 bathrooms serving more than 2,300 people.
Director of Medical Services, Dr James Nyikal, while visiting the camp last week, described the sanitation facilities as a challenge.

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1,500 flock to Uganda camps – 18 Feb 08

1,500 flock to Uganda camps

More than 1411 Kenyans who have fled the country after the eruption of post election violence have camped at a Ugandan camp, some 60km from Busia Town. Ms Yumiko Takashima, head of the UNHCR office in Uganda, said the refugees at the Mulanda Community Polytechnic Instructor’s College came from as far as away Kibera slums in Nairobi, while others were from Eldoret, Mt Elgon, Busia, Malaba and Nakuru. Ms Takashima said those fleeing were of different ethnic backgrounds. He assured them that Mulanda was safe for all of them. “We have decided to set up temporary tents with the hope that peace will return in Kenya so that those who have been displaced can go back to their homes once negotiations that are being headed by former UN boss Kofi Annan are complete,” she said.

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EHAHRD-Net — Call for fact-finding mission

Call for fact-finding mission

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is deeply concerned by reports made by Network sources which reveal that several prominent Kenyan human rights defenders and journalists, in particular of Kikuyu origin but also defenders from Eldoret and members of a Muslim human rights organisation, have been intimidated, publicly harassed and subjected to a series of threats during the post-election violence that has spread in the country since December 2007.

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KNCHR documentation, investigation and analysis of human rights violations project

KNCHR documentation, investigation and analysis of human rights violations project

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is mandated by its constitutive Act, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Act No 9 of 2002, to promote and protect human rights. Pursuant to that mandate, the Commission is currently conducting investigations with a view to providing, through the voices of Kenyans and other sources, an impartial account of the post election violence and the events that have taken place since the announcement of the disputed presidential election results on 30th December 2007. We intend thereby to maintain an accurate record of this part of Kenya’s history as well as to identify perpetrators who must be held to account in order to end the culture of impunity. Continue reading