Monthly Archives: April 2014

PEV Sexual Offences must be addressed

PEV Sexual Offences must be addressed

The events following the December 2007 general election may seem like a distant past to some Kenyans, while others may be fatigued by the mention of post-election violence and the International Criminal Court trials underway.

But that is not the case for the hundreds, even thousands, of victims of sexual violence who have endured physical injuries and deep psychological trauma for more than six years.

ight of these survivors have broken their silence, and – in collaboration with Physicians for Human Rights, Coalition on Violence Against Women, International Commission of Jurists – Kenya, and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit – they are seeking acknowledgement and redress from the government through a petition filed in the High Court……

PHR Kenya’s Christine Alai discusses the obligation to address the sexual offences victims of the PEV

Waki report to be used in rape suit

Waki report to be used in rape suit

A report by a commission which inquired into the 2007-08 post-election violence has been accepted by a judge as evidence. The evidence will support a case by rape victims seeking compensation from the state.

High Court judge Isaac Lenaola accepted the Waki report as exhibit despite protest from the office of director of public prosecution’s Edwin Okello. Okello had objected to the production of the Waki report saying it is incomplete because more than 200 pages of exhibit such as doctor’s reports are missing.

 

Waki report adopted in sexual violence suit

Waki report adopted in sexual violence suit

A judge on Thursday allowed the Waki report to be part of evidence tabled by survivors who suffered sexual assault during the 2007 post-election violence via Daily Nation

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Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Break their Silence

Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Break their Silence

Kenyans are currently awaiting a decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on whether or not the trial in The Hague against President Uhuru Kenyatta will proceed. The Kenyatta case has garnered significant attention because the defendant is a sitting head of state. However, the case is also noteworthy because it represents the only major effort to investigate and initiate prosecution of sexual violence committed against women, men, and children during Kenya’s 2007–2008 post-election violence (PEV).

Christine Alai of Physicians for Human Rights writes on the SGBV case

Kenyan women want justice over post-election sexual violence

Kenyan women want justice over post-election sexual violence

Six years after being gang-raped and beaten in front of her husband and four-year-old child during a wave of post-election violence in Kenya, Nancy is still awaiting justice….

Dr. Joan Nanyuki of COVAW writes op-ed in The Guardian on on-going SGBV case. 

Hearing of PEV Sexual Violence case begins in Court

Hearing of PEV Sexual Violence case begins in Court

Almost six years after the 2007/2008 Post – Election Violence a case filed on behalf of victims of sexual and gender based violence arising from the violence was heard in court on 25th, March 2014.

The case was heard by Justice Isaac Lenaola in the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi.

 

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Victims of post-election violence sexual abuse traumatised, court told

Victims of post-election violence sexual abuse traumatised, court told

Former Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) boss Patricia Nyaundi moved a court when she described how police officers and civilians sexually abused women and men during the Post-Election Violence (PEV) in 2007.

Poll Violence Victims Sue Government

Poll Violence Victims Sue Government

Some 900 victims may have faced sexual attacks during Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007. The perpetrators were never brought to justice. Some victims are now taking the government to court…

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