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Human Rights and Peace workshop

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Amnesty international Kenya,

3rd Floor, Parkfield place, Westlands

Nairobi, Nairobi

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Kenya’s 2017 General election, and the subsequent nullification of the presidential results brought to life some critical contentions to be looked at in its aftermath:

• Whether Justice, being a Human Right provided for in Kenya’s constitution (2010) cannot be suppressed as a means to ‘maintain and/or restore peace and calm’ in the country;

• What the judicial freedom and judicial activism excersised by the Supreme court of Kenya means for the future of Kenya’s governance, civic engagement and electoral democracy;

• Whether the international electoral observers’ opinions demonstrated apathy with Kenya’s situation in full and its electoral laws in full context; and

• Whether the shutting down of the Human Rights NGOs shiuld be objectively construed being necessary to avert tension in the country. In the background of the said election, there was also witnessed widesperead divisions based on tribe and political divide that culminated to tensions which were further driven by online spread fake news.

These divisions, which we consider are based on identity movements are oriented towards establishing the legitimacy of a collective group (organized on the basis of socioeconomic reality, geography, ethnicity or other prima facie commonalities) are largely exploited political factions alike to call for action and/or support their causes.

This workshop’s purpose, bringing together 50 youth participants by public tendering, is to leverage the evolving internarratives1 amongst Kenyan youths while the occurences are still fresh in memory, to bring greater coherence, clarity, and certainty as to the real situation/reality on the ground for effective policy advisory and strategy implementation by national cohesion, peace and Human Rights stakeholders.

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