Amnesty International asks Kenya to clear PEV cases

July 15, 2014 1:48 pm
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The report is based on an in-depth interview the organisation conducted with 49 victims of the post election violence from October to December 2013.
The report is based on an in-depth interview the organisation conducted with 49 victims of the post election violence from October to December 2013.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 15- A report released by Amnesty International indicates that the government is yet to act on 4,000 cases related to the 2008 post election violence.

The organisation is calling on the government to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court, in ensuring all the cases are fully investigated and action is taken.

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty saID they are increasingly concerned at the government’s continued delay on investigations and provision of justice for the victims.

“Most of these problems which occurred in the local level must be addressed by the national justice system, the reality is that the national criminal justice system has not delivered; to many people are waiting for justice, reprehension that has not happened. So if the government of Kenya wants to assure that’s its serious about justice and this is not an International problem but it’s a National problem so let them fix it,” he said.

“Many of the displaced have yet to be resettled or compensated, many of the injured or the families of those killed have yet to receive reparation to help rebuild their shattered lives and most of the perpetrators have yet to face justice. It is vital that their voices are heard and urgent action is taken. These victims feel disillusioned with and excluded from the justice system and frustrated that perpetrators are still at large.”

The report is based on an in-depth interview the organisation conducted with 49 victims of the post election violence from October to December 2013.

Amnesty International research further indicates that most of the victims do not have any accountability towards the police and fear reporting cases due to the systems injustices.

Researcher Gemma Houldey says immediate action should be taken to restore confidence amongst Kenyans affected by the 2007 post election violence.

“At the national level and the local level it’s clear that this has created a lot of miss trust among different communities and tension within those communities. This is an issue that the government of Kenya must address to ensure that nobody feels discriminated against and all these victims feel that they are part of Kenya,” she said.

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