Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 March 2009

Kenya / Murder of two Kenyan human rights defenders





Kenya / Murder of two Kenyan human rights defenders.  


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


On Kenya, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reacted today to the murder last night of two Kenyan human rights defenders.  


One of the victims, Oscar Kamau Kingara, had met last week with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston.  And Mr. Kingara’s foundation had provided testimonies to the Special Rapporteur regarding alleged killings by elements of the Kenyan police.


Pillay today urged the Government of Kenya to ensure the safety of the witnesses to last night’s shooting, to investigate the killings, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.  Pillay also urged the Kenyan Government to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all people with whom the Special Rapporteur met during his recent visit.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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