• Press Conference Summary

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    Sorry about being so late with this blog post. However, here it is! It is here to inform people of what happened during the press conference held at our offices last week wednesday, 7th May 2014. It is a summary of the questions that were asked by journalists and a summary of the main points given by the members from the panel.

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  • Justice For Liz Press Release 7th of May

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    Press release7th May 2014INACTION REGARDING JUSTICE FOR LIZ/BUSIA RAPE CASE BY THE DPP, AG, KENYAN POLICE, AND CID OFFICES INCREASINGLY BECOMING A MAJOR CONCERN.The state’s delay in securing justice for Liz after she was gang raped mid last year has become a matter of increasing concern to both the public and civil society organisations working on women rights issues in Kenya.

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

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    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

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    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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  • Suspect in Liz case charged in court

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    NJERI RUGENE A young man was charged in court Friday with the attack on a Busia pupil whose story has attracted global attention. (READ: ‘Stand up for Liz’ grabs West’s attention)’. But the candidate in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations was charged with causing grievous harm to the Standard Seven pupil, together with others who were not in court.

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  • WE SHALL ROAR TILL JUSTICE COMES HOME TO ROOST

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    Saida Ali So much has been said about the worst form of punishment for rape. In a small village of Tingolo in Busia County, some Administrative Police officers decided that the best they could do to punish six young men who had gang raped a 16-year-old girl was to slash grass! Liz was literally left for the dead as they threw her in an un-used 6-meter pit latrine. Liz’s case is symptomatic of a bigger underlying problem – impunity on sexual and gender based violence and questioning due diligence especially on State accountability for violence against women. This includes measures for prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress and reparations. Reparative justice can include but is not limited to a public apology. One of our key demands in Liz’s case is that the Inspector General of Police gives a public apology to Liz and all Kenyan women and girls for police misconduct on this case.

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  • Cycles of Violence and Public Accountability in Kenya

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    By Awino Okech Njeri Rugene’s article in the Daily Nation of October 7th 2013, about the gang rape of a 16 year old girl in Busia County by three men, who were subsequently released by policemen with an order to cut grass, confirms the committed efforts to reverse the gains made by women within the Constitution. Rugene’s report comes over a month since the uproar caused by Governor Kidero’s public assault on Nairobi women’s representative Rachel Shebesh on 6th September 2013.

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