Press release

Kenya: Government De-Registers Human Rights NGO

Kenya's Non-Governmental Organization Coordination Board canceled the registration of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.  

Washington

In response to the Kenyan government today cancelling the registration needed by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) to continue its work, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The timing of the government’s decision to act against KHRC is deeply troubling and suggests that the action is linked to KHRC questioning the conduct of last week’s general elections,” said Jenai Cox, senior program manager for Africa at Freedom House. “NGOs like KHRC, and all of civil society, should be allowed to conduct their work free from political interference, which is essential to a functioning democracy.”

Background:

The NGO Coordination Board issued a notice of de-registration to KHRC on the grounds of tax evasion and misappropriation. It came less than a week after Kenya’s general elections, which saw the ruling Jubilee party win both the Presidency and a majority of the seats in parliament, results disputed by the opposition coalition, NASA.  At least 24 people were killed over the weekend in election-related violence. KHRC has raised concerns about the announcement of provisional results, alleged discrepancies with the final vote count, and security forces' responses to protests. 

Kenya is rated Party Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2016