• Why Mr. President?

    Author: covaw Category: SGBV PIL Petition 122/2013 , No Comments

    We all know that the government failed to protect its citizens from mass atrocities during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The government, we have heard, compensated and/or rebuilt the houses of many who were displaced.  This is as it should be; the government should act publicly and appropriately to provide redress for survivors of human rights violations.

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  • COURT CASE FOR SEXUAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE DURING POST ELECTION VIOLENCE CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY 23-25TH APRIL BEFORE JUSTICE ISAAK LENAOLA AT THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA, MILIMANI AT 9AM

    Author: covaw Category: SGBV PIL Petition 122/2013 , No Comments

    PRESS RELEASE 22nd April 2014 A PETITION seeking to compel the government to address cases of sexual violence committed during the 2007/2008 Post Election mayhem, resumes on April 23, 2014 at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division, presided over by Justice Isaac Lenaola. The Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Petition No. 122 of 2013, was filed by a consortium of Civil Society Organizations and eight survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

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  • COURT PROCEEDINGS UPDATE OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION CASE ON SEXUAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE VICTIMS DURING THE 2007/8 POST ELECTION VIOLENCE

    Author: covaw Category: SGBV PIL Petition 122/2013 , No Comments

    UPDATE 17th April 2014 The public Interest litigation case which seeks justice for sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) victims of the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV) has lined its first witness before the High Court of Kenya. Patricia Nyaundi, a secretariat for the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, ably examined by lawyer  Kethi Kilonzo, talked the court through the prevalence of SGBV during the PEV and the government’s poor response in treatment of victims both during the PEV and in the years that followed.

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  • BUSIA GANG RAPE ALLOWED TO PROCEED TO COURT WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , No Comments

    JOINT PRESS RELEASE06/02/2014 The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) jointly with the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) and FIDA-Kenya releases this joint press statement to update the public on progress in the Busia sexual violence matter known as the ‘Justice For Liz’ case.On Monday 3rd February 2014, the aforementioned parties met to discuss the progress of this matter. After constructive discussions it was agreed that: the case proceeds to court without further delay, the medical evidence supports charges of sexual violence, COVAW will arrange for a report from Liz’s psycho social support and will continue to ensure that Liz and her family receive psycho social support as appropriate, COVAW will act as intermediaries for Liz. he The ODPP has taken up the issue of protection for Liz and her family with the Witness Protection Agency (WIPA) and the Police.

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  • International and Local Organisations Challenge the DPP that there is sufficient evidence to lay charges of gang rape and that 16 year old Liz is entitled to her day in Court

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , No Comments

    Press Release 31 January 2014 International and Local Organisations Challenge the DPP that there is sufficient evidence to lay charges of gang rape and that 16 year old Liz is entitled to her day in Court. Today INGOs and local organisations called on the head of the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reconsider its position that they will not allow Liz, the 16 year old gang rape victim from Busia, to have her allegations determined by a Court. The DPP released a press statement on this matter stating that currently no gang rape or assault charges would be laid against six suspects, despite evidence of serious trauma suffered by Liz. To date, only one suspect was held in remand on a holding charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm, but was shortly released on bail of Ksh 15,000 (approximately $175 USD). The other five remain at liberty with no charges laid against them. Now it appears that they will face no charges at all.

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