• 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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  • COVAW CALLS ON THE PUBLIC TO USE THE POLICE VETTING PROCESS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRIORITISE GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

    Author: covaw Category: Police Vetting , No Comments

    We the Coalition on Violence Against women (COVAW) wish to call the attention of Kenyans to the police vetting process. We encourage more public participation in the on-going police vetting process by lodging complaints with the National Police Service Commission (the Commission) on the mishandling of sexual and gender based violence incidents.

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  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence Petition adjourned to 25th March 2014

    Author: covaw Category: Articles , No Comments

    Petition No.122 of 2013 came up for hearing on 22nd January 2014 at The Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court. The matter was before Justice Lenaola.Despite this petition having been filed on 20th February 2013, the government and state agencies who are respondents had continuously failed to respond. It was only yesterday during the court proceedings that both the Attorney General and the Police filed their Replying Affidavits.

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  • HEARING OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL PETITION FILED ON BEHALF OF SEXUAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE SURVIVOR OF THE POST ELECTION VIOLENCE AT THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA BEFORE HON. JUSTICE ISAAC LENAOLA ON 22ND JANUARY 2014 AT 9AM

    Author: covaw Category: COVAW in the News , No Comments

    Press Release  Nairobi, 21 January 2014 on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, four civil society organizations and eight individual petitioners begin their trial against the Attorney General and five other senior government officials for their failure to protect victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during the post-election violence of 2007-8, their failure to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, and their failure to provide reparations to the victims. The case is the first constitutional petition of its kind brought by victims of SGBV during the post-election violence, and it will be heard in the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi.

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