Magazine article New Internationalist

Funding Cuts Threaten Lives in Kenya

Magazine article New Internationalist

Funding Cuts Threaten Lives in Kenya

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Human skulls and decomposing bodies dug up in Kenya's Rift Valley Province show signs of torture. Suspected criminals and members of ethnic gangs are gunned down. Such acts are widely believed to be the work of the country's armed forces, particularly the military and police.

'We are calling on Kenya to facilitate independent investigations into torture and war crimes committed by security forces, an'd urge donors, including London and Washington, to review military aid to Kenya,' says Ben Rawlence, a researcher with the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch.

Kenya's National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) - officially the watchdog that reports and advises on human rights issues - has been stymied by lack of funds. Since 2003, the Government has drastically reduced funding for the KNCHR- in 2002, it received $250,000 annually; today the figure is just $140,000. …

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