The goal of this project is to secure redress for and provide psychosocial support and assistance to Sexual and Gender Based Violence victims and survivors of the 2007/08 Post Election Violence. The violence that was experienced in the aftermath of the 2007 general elections was indeed some of the worst violence experienced in post-independence Kenya. Kenya was riddled with carnage which, at the least, may only be described as horrific: 1,500 dead, over 3,000 innocent women raped, and an estimated 650,000 people left internally displaced.
Kenya experienced an immense cost in human lives and an enduring suffering that has [continuously] been visited upon a significant portion of the Kenyan population.
Consequently, COVAW filed a Public Interest Litigation case on 20th February 2013 seeking compensatory relief for a select constituent of SGBV victims and survivors of the 2007/08 PEV. The suit is a representative suit with the eight (8) survivors of SGBV directly participating in the suit being drawn from three (3) geographical locations: Nairobi, Kericho and Kisumu – some of the areas identified as those presenting with the most number of SGBV cases witnessed/ experienced during the 2007/08 PEV. COVAW partnered with three other human rights institutions: that is, the Kenyan Chapter of the International Commission of Jurists (“ICJ – K”), Physicians for Human Rights (”PHR) and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (“IMLU”), and joined with the eight (8) SGBV survivors in order to file the suit .The suit is now referenced as Petition No. 122 of 2013.
The petitioners, within Petition No. 122 of 2013, claim that:
Ultimately, the petitioners want the Government of Kenya to do as follows:
The respondents in the Case are the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspector General of the National Police Service, the Independent Police Oversight Authority, the Ministry of Medical Service and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. Two (2) of the respondents in the Case, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Inspector General of the National Police Service, filed their responses to the Petition on 22nd January 2014. The commencement of the hearing of evidence in this case (commencement of trial) began on 25th March 2014 and has been ongoing since then.
Secure redress for and provide psychosocial support and assistance to Sexual and Gender Based Violence victims and survivors of the 2007/08 Post Election Violence.