The Petitioners

Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) is a national women’s human rights organization established in 1995 to strengthen the networking capacities of women’s organizations in Kenya. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to eradicating violence against women whether perpetrated in the private, public or political domain in Kenya.

Kenya Chapter of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya)is an international non-governmental organization that has been working in Kenya and around Africa since 1959 and whose mandate is to work on the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy. It executes its mandate through the application of legal expertise and international best practices such as, inter alia, public interest litigation as a means of advancing access to justice in Kenya and the region.

Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) is a non-governmental organization registered in Nairobi whose mandate is the promotion of the rights of torture victims and survivors, and the protection of all Kenyans from all forms of State-perpetrated torture by advocating for policy reforms, the monitoring of government adherence to human rights standards, rehabilitation of victims of torture and capacity building for key stakeholders.

Physicians for Human Rights is an independent international organization, registered in Kenya in 2008 that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations against individuals. It advocates for the prevention of individual or small scale acts of violence from becoming mass atrocities, protection of internationally-guaranteed rights of individuals and civilian populations and the prosecution of those who violate human rights.

The other 8 petitioners are six women and two male victims and survivors of sexual violence, perpetrated against them by civilians and state agents during the 2007-2008 post-election violence. Their individual identities has been protected by a High Court order to allow them pursue justice without further victimisation.

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