Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya

Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya

What: Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya
When and Where:
Nairobi East – Friday 22nd 2008; Tom Mboya Grounds, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Nairobi West – Saturday 23rd 2008; Kibera Grounds; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Nairobi North – Monday 25th 2008; Lions Clinic Huruma; 10:00am – 1:00pm

Volunteer for peace and development, Volunteer for a peaceful neighborhood!

The volunteering scheme approach for Kenya plans to tap the energy of the influential persons, retired professionals and youth leaders to bring about positive change, instill a sense of responsibility and equip them with necessary tools to initiate reconciliation amongst their affected neighbourhoods. Through emphasis on the need for restoration of trust and building social cohesion – it endeavours to promote ownership of the healing process, reconciliation and peace rebuilding.

The program strategy anchors on volunteerism that will be utilised to:

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Kenyan Community in Canada in Action for Kenya

Kenyan Community in Canada in Action for Kenya

KENYA: PEACE, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
PRESS RELEASE
Ottawa, February 16, 2008

Concerned Kenyan-Canadians living in the National Capital Region along with African and Canadian friends of Kenya are rallying today with three main objectives: to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Kenya at a time of suffering and social instability; to support the on-going negotiations and call for peace, reconciliation and justice; and finally to recognize humanitarian assistance offered so far by Canadians to victims of violence and displacement while urging continuing and increased humanitarian support to those impacted by the fighting.
The tragic events that have rocked Kenya since the Dec 27, 2008 elections have caused untold suffering, many deaths and forced displacement of populations. Figures provided by the media show conservatively 1,000 dead and 300,000 persons displaced. However more accurate figures from NGOs which work closely with affected communities estimate that up to 2000 may have died either directly or indirectly from the conflict with at least 500,000 displaced from ethnic cleansing evictions. They also estimate that at least 30,000 known homes and farms have been razed to the ground including whole villages and townships. The economic and social consequences of these disturbances are simply uncountable and will take Kenyans a long time to recover from.

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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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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

ODM’s proposals on how to solve crisis – 19 Feb 08

ODM’s proposals on how to solve crisis

ODM has proposed a two-step process to settle the political crisis even as the mediation team resumes talks this morning. Party leader, Mr Raila Odinga, said they had proposed to the US Secretary of State, Dr Condoleezza Rice, the establishment of a Government structure that would reconcile the nation and drive comprehensive constitutional and institutional reforms. On the Government structure, Raila told a news conference last evening that they had proposed a separation of State and Government functions that would see the establishment of the office of the Prime Minister and two deputies. In the proposal, the President is to be the Head of State and the Prime Minister head of Government. Continue reading

A CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION – Maina Kiai / Njoki Ndungu – US House of Rep- 6 Feb 08

Maina Kiai’s statement to US House of Representatives

Maina Kiai, Chiarman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, made a statement to the US House of Representatives on the political crisis in Kenya on 6th February 2008. Njoki Ndungu’s contribution is also included further down the page. Ms Ndungu is the CEO of the Center for Legal Information and Communication, Kenya.

SUBJECT: THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN KENYA; A CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION – Maina Kiai

1. Thank you for this opportunity to discuss the crisis in Kenya. My name is Maina Kiai and I am the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), an independent state body charged with protecting and promoting human rights in Kenya. Previously, I served as founding Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, a non-profit organization based in Kenya; Africa Director at Amnesty International in London; Africa Director at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) based here in Washington DC; and Research Fellow at TransAfrica Forum also here in Washington DC. I speak on behalf of the KNCHR, as well as for Kenyans for Peace through Truth and Justice (KPTJ), a coalition bringing together more than 50 human rights, legal and governance groups in Kenya.

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Teenage girls targeted for sexual exploitation – 7 Feb 08

Teenage girls targeted for sexual exploitation

Teenage girls fleeing their homes to escape post-election skirmishes and finding temporary shelter at the Nakuru Showground now face another threat. They have become prey to men who exploit them sexually as well as those seeking cheap labour. In a shocking revelation this week, the girls, aged between 12 and 18 said they had become victims of child labour and sexual abuse. Humanitarian organisations, whose hands are full in providing food and shelter, now have another situation in their hands — to protect the vulnerable groups from exploitation.

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