Human Rights are increasingly under attack in Kenya and around the world. That’s why Human Rights Defenders are needed – and that’s why we as a society should protect them.
Human rights defenders face threats, intimidation and imprisonment. Governments around the world, including Kenya, prevent them from speaking out or imprison them because of their peaceful activism.
- Worldwide, at least 156 human rights defenders died in detention or were killed in 2015.
- At least 61 countries put people in prison simply for exercising their rights and freedoms.
- At least 113 countries restricted freedom of expression and the press in 2015.
“The Right to Protest is not one that should be borrowed for from any person. So long as it is peaceful, it is okay”.Alfred Yambo
Governments around the world have long tried to restrict people’s Human Right to protest peacefully, often as part of broader crackdowns on Human Rights. In Kenya, there is a sharp increase in attempts to limit and even criminalize peaceful protest. The same should be practiced in Kenya as Human Rights Defenders remain an important source of strength for the little person in the streets. The Wambui, Onyango and Muthoni need these people to fight for their rights whenever political injustices are performed by negative minded leaders.