CHRIPS NEWSLETTER MAY 2019 NEW RELEASES Launch Of Special Issue Journal & Roundtable Discussion On 2017 General Election, Kenya CHRIPS’ researchers Mutuma Ruteere and Patrick Mutahi co-authored chapter, “Violence, Insecurity and Policing of 2017 Elections” published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies. It addresses two main issues. First, why, despite years of security reforms, limited protests were met with high levels of police force, resulting in loss of life. Second, why ethnic
Open in PDF The Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies submitted comments to the National Assembly concerning the proposed amendment to the Prevention of Terrorism Act under The Statute Law (Miscellaneous amendments) Bill, 2019. The comments highlighted the negative effects that the amendments would have on ongoing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) work.
Open in PDF Following police violent dispersal of protest held by the Kenya Paralympics Team along Thika Superhighway on 2 May 2019, several issues arose concerning the capacity of police officers to manage public assemblies in consideration and appreciation of the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs). This opinion piece puts these issues into perspective and provides practical solutions that ought to be considered to raise the capacity of the police.
Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies is pleased to submit its analysis on the Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which was introduced through a Special Issue of the Kenya Gazette Supplement on 15 March 2019. The amendment reads as follows: The Public Order Act (Cap. 56) is amended in section 5 by inserting the following new sub-sections immediately after sub-section (11)— “(11A) A person who while at a public meeting or public procession causes grievous
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On 15th March 2019, the Public Order (Amendment) Bill sponsored by Ruiru M.P. Hon. Simon King’ara was introduced to Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill. This Bill has the principal object of amending the Public Order Act (1950) to impose liability on organisers of protests, requiring them to compensate or take responsibility for any loss of property, life, or earnings resulting from the protest. While the Public Order Act needs to be amended in order
This brief draws from discussions held by experts at a meeting on police management of public assemblies in Kenya that was convened in February 2019 by the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS). CHRIPS is grateful to all the participants for their contributions and insights. The views expressed in this brief are exclusively those of the author. Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) provided funding support for the production of this policy
2018 was our ninth year of operation as an organisation. It was a productive year with new important and exciting research and policy products; new as well as strengthened partnerships and collaborations. As we prepare to mark a decade since our establishments, we are proud that CHRIPS has now taken its place as a leading think-tank on issues of security, violence and justice in Kenya and increasingly in the region. Open in PDF
The data and analysis in this report draws from the Terror Attacks and Arrests Observatory of the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS). It presents the latest data collected and analysed from media reports on terror attacks between 1 December 2017 and 31 December 2018. Open in PDF
Following 9/11 and subsequent high-profile violent extremist attacks, many countries around the world have increased their focus on countering violent extremism (CVE). Violent extremist groups, which have long exploited narratives of grievance, actual or perceived injustice, and promised empowerment, have experienced significant growth in recent years around the world, including on the African continent. The actions of these groups contribute towards existing humanitarian challenges that many countries face. Due to the often-violent nature of extremist
In countering violent extremism, the law has been used a one of the primary tools to counter violent extremism in many states across the world. Although the UN Security Council has called upon states to enact anti-terrorism legislation, it has not provided any assistance as to how terrorism should be defined. There is no international consensus as to how terrorism should be defined. Consequently, broad definitions of domestic laws have been used as instruments to
The emergence of the Internet and digital technologies over the last few decades has revolutionised the ways that individuals communicate around the world. As such, sharing information is easier to do, and violent extremist (VE) groups have embraced such technological innovations, which has enabled multiple leaders of violent hubs to operate parallel to one another in different countries (Holt, 2012; Whine, 1999). Open in PDF