Mr Mwangi is an innovative, dedicated, diligent legal professional, with over 5 year’s global experience, working on advancing human rights. He has amassed expertise in law reform, democratic governance and constitutionalism.
He has worked extensively on projects seeking to ensure the realization of human rights. He has participated in key discussions with development partners and civil society organizations towards interrogating emerging trends in the realisation of human rights in Kenya and across the African Continent
In 2018 & 2019, he was recognized as one of the top young lawyers when it comes to legal excellence by the Nairobi Law society of Kenya and he also graduated from the Young African Leaders Initiative.
He is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow 2019 and sits in the Working Group on Torture and Migration in Africa.
Mr Mwangi was recently appointed as an Expert Member of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearance Africa at the Africa Commission on Human and People's Right (ACHPR).
Tell us about your appointment of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa?
In 2020 the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights put out a call for expert members Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa and I submitted my application and got appointed in August.
This has been a journey through my engagements with ACHPR where I was part of a team that drafted a report to the working group on the Death penalty, Extra Judicial killings and Enforced disappearance at the African Commission on Human and people’s Rights which led to the working group expanding its mandate to include Enforced Disappearance, I have also been a convener of the civil society in gathering data on extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance within East Africa and submitting it to the working group for them to be able to make an informed decision.
I have also been a strong advocate for the governments within Africa to document extrajudicial killings in line with the Minnesota protocol to ensure justice is realised and accountability within the security systems and to this end, I have been a presentation at the ACHPR.
You are representing East Africa, what does that entail and what can we expect from you?
The working group is mandated to ensure the abolition of the Death Penalty and to monitor situations relating to extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Africa with all its ramifications; collect information and keep a database of reported instances of situations concerning extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Africa and collaborate with its stakeholders and partners including national governments, international and inter-governmental organizations for the successful fulfilment of its mandate.
Africa doesn’t have any guidelines that entail to enforced disappearance but through the working group expanding its mandate and recognizing that enforced disappearance is an international complex crime that constitutes multiple violations of several fundamental rights, including the right to liberty and security of the person, the right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to life and the right to the recognition of the legal status, among others.
The Working group has been mandated within the next one year to come up with draft guidelines for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in Africa and I give input to the document and make it effective and efficient to the African People. I also plan to use my expertise in regional and international human rights law and forensic science to be able to ensure that perpetrators of EJE are held accountable.
What do you think can bring an end to extrajudicial killings in East Africa?
We need to ensure that we have independent bodies that investigate and Prosecute EJEs and ED, Capacity build the institutions mandated to investigate and prosecute EJE and ED case, Establish and/or enhance witness protection programs and Judicial cooperation among the member countries to have witness protected in member countries, we also need to review our laws and policies to ensure that they can respond adequately to issues of EJE and enforced disappearance including providing reparation in its all forms.