KNHCR to Ruto: Kenya is burning, act on escalating human rights violations

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Call to action on the escalating human rights violations and state of anarchy in the country during the ongoing protests against the Finance Bill 2024.

An open letter by Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to President William Ruto on the state of the nation:

Call to Action on the Escalating Human Rights Violations and State of Anarchy in the Country during the Ongoing Protests Against the Finance Bill 2024.

Mr. President, today is a sad day in the history of our beloved motherland!

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has been monitoring the shocking

escalation of human rights violations seen in the last few hours including excessive use of

force and indiscriminate shooting of civilians by police as well as a section of violent


Pursuant to its Constitutional mandate to protect human rights for all in Kenya, the Commission

hereby calls on your immediate and direct intervention as follows:

a) You swore to defend and protect the Constitution of Kenya. This is the time to do it!

b) The State is the primary duty bearer of all Human Rights and Fundamental

Freedoms. This duty rests with you as the Head of State and Government.

c) Issue an immediate order to the police officers to stop the killings, abductions, and

brutality. The Commission reminds you of your campaign pledge to end cases of

enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

Mr. President, save the Nation!

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