The Kenyan sexual orientation, gender identities and expression minorities (SOGIEM) community remains among a large percentage of the world’s population that resides in countries where freedom of expression and access to information is restricted for a variety of reasons, including religious/moralistic and political rhetoric. SOGIEM individuals in Kenya continue to face attacks on their freedom of expression and being, through attempted introduction of further restrictive legislation and enforcement of existing ones.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a premier Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 1991 and registered in Kenya in 1994 with a mandate to entrench human rights and democratic values in the society. The KHRC envisions a human rights state and society with a mission to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice. This vision and mission is driven by the goal and new mandate of enhancing human rights centred governance at all levels. KHRC works at community level with human rights networks (HURINETS) across Kenya and links community, national and international human rights concerns.
Position: Assistant Programme Officer (APO) – ICTs and Social Media Advocacy
On 18 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Susan Mutindi pleaded not guilty to charges of “incitement to violence” and “obstructing police” and was released on bail of approximately €85. The human rights defender was arrested on 17 February 2014, when police officers from Nairobi's Huruma police station stormed a peaceful meeting of the Highway Self-Help Group and arrested human rights defenders Ms Sarah Ashina, Mr George Luvala, Mr Alex Kamande, Mr Francis Gachui, Mr Steven Muturi, Mr Peter Mwangi along with Susan Mutindi. Charges of “resisting arrest” are due to be brought against Sarah Ashina, whilst the remainder of the group have been released.