, GENEVA, Switzerland, May 14 – Five Kenyan NGOs were on Tuesday morning expected to formerly present a summary of findings on torture in Kenya, before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva Switzerland.
The International Commission of Jurists, Legal Resources Foundation, Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children, Coalition on Violence Against Women, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Independent Medico Legal Unit will be among those making the presentation.
The report gives the progress Kenya has made in addressing reported cases of torture. They will also discuss with CAT the loopholes and challenges Kenya is facing in responding to torture incidences.
The government of Kenya has also filed its report and submitted it to CAT. On Thursday, it will have an opportunity to respond to the committee based on its report and the one presented by the civil society groups.
Despite a new Constitution that has promoted human rights, freedom and justice, Kenya has still reported cases of torture that are a big concern to international human rights bodies.
OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock said Kenya has a strong rule of law but has loopholes in protecting people against torture.
“If you read the report what shows up is the lack of effective investigation and that for me is the issue that shows up more in the report.
There was post election violence five years ago, what has happened? Has there been accountability?” Staberock asked.
According to him, despite well established institutions to prevent and address torture, Kenya has still a long way to go to ensure torture is not used against people.
Kenya became one of the 153 member states after it assented to the Convention Against Torture in 1997.
It is also a state party to other international human rights treaties that prohibits ill treatment of human beings.
As a result it is supposed to submit a report on torture ever four years.
Since the Convention Against Torture came into force in 1987, no country is allowed to use torture as a means of getting information or confession no matter how critical that information is.