Press release

Kenya: Obama Should Raise Human Rights Issues During Visit

As US President Barack Obama prepares to travel to Kenya, Freedom House and 17 other international and Kenyan human rights organizations co-signed a letter to Obama highlighting concerns that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is undermining his country’s commitments to international human rights law. 

Washington

As US President Barack Obama prepares to travel to Kenya, Freedom House and 17 other international and Kenyan human rights organizations co-signed a letter to Obama highlighting concerns that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is undermining his country’s constitution and its commitments to international human rights law under the pretext of promoting national security and combating terrorism: 

“As one of Kenya’s closest allies and a key partner in the fight against terrorism, the US has a unique role in urging President Kenyatta and his government to change its current trajectory and work to implement the 2010 Constitution,” the letter says. “We urge you to raise these critical issues during your upcoming historic visit to Kenya.”

Kenya is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2014

Read the letter: https://freedomhouse.org/article/joint-letter-barack-obama-upcoming-tri…


For more information, please contact:
In Washington, for Freedom House, Robert Ruby (English) Tel: +1 202 747-7035   Email: [email protected]
In Nairobi, for CRECO, Regina Utita Opondo (English, Swahili) Tel: +254720813076    Email: [email protected] 
In Nairobi, for Human Rights Watch, Maria Burnett (English): +254-73-685-9595;    or [email protected]. Twitter: @MariaHRWAfrica