Kevin Mwangi - Program officer at IMLU, Edgar Kavulavu and Joan Mutonga from ICJ meeting with the commissioner Teresa Maria Manuela of the committee on the prevention of torture at Jollie Ville conference center Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 27th April 2019.
Exorbitantly prohibitive rates and denial of visa for Human Rights Defenders marred the NGO Forum and the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on People and Human Rights held in Sham El Sheikh, Egypt from 20th April to 14th May 2019. We were amongst the few human rights organisations that participated in the Session themed “Refugees Returnees Asylum Seekers and IDP’s; durable solutions for forced Immigration”.
Our Director Peter Kiama and Programme Officer Kevin Mwangi represented us at the NGO forum and the 64th session of the ACHPR and during which they participated in the special interests group discussion.
We participated in one discussion; - the prevention of torture. The guiding questions for the working groups sought to establish the situation of the rights of refugees, returnees asylum seekers, and IDP’S, the human rights violations that are likely to occur to refugees/returnees/IDP’S, proposed actions for addressing the violations and lastly the recommendation for the inclusion in the NGO statement to be presented to the ACHPR.
The recommendation raised from the discussions was included in the NGO statement that was presented to the ACHPR on 24th April 2019. Some of the recommendations from the forum included for state parties to ratify and implement the Kampala Convention, to ensure that domestic legislation is consistent with the convention’s provisions; and for the Kenyan Government to fully implement the Prevention of Torture Act 2017.
On a lobbying front, IMLU, ICJ, Article 19 and KNHRC organized a meeting with the special rapporteur to Kenya Mr Dersso on 26th April to appraise him of the human rights situation in Kenya.
During the meeting, we raised the issue on the slow implementation of the Prevention of Torture Act 2017 and the lack of the implementation of the National Coroners Service Act 2017. Additionally, we also raised the issue of the extra judicial killings are on the rise but the number of prosecutions does not tally.