UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Members Review: Kenya

RANKINGS HELD 2018:


• OPEN DOORS RANKING [32/50]
Fifty Most Dangerous Countries To Follow Jesus.1)Open Doors World Watch List (ranked 1 to 50) (1 = Worst)

• FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2018
. STATUS: Partly Free
. FREEDOM AGGREGATE [51/100]
Aggregate Score 2)Freedom in the World 2018 Table of Country Aggregate Freedom Score {0 = least free, 100 = most free}


• ADL-GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM INDEX [35%]
(0% = least – 100% = most)

ISRAEL’S TOP TEN ANTI-SEMITISM NATIONS LIST [0/10]


US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Kenya is a republic with three branches of government: an executive branch, led by a directly elected president; a bicameral parliament consisting of the Senate and the National Assembly; and a judiciary. On August 8, the country held its second general election under the 2010 constitution. Citizens cast ballots for president and deputy president, parliamentarians, and county governors and legislators. International and domestic observers judged the elections generally credible, although some civil society groups and the opposition pointed to irregularities. On August 11, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Jubilee Coalition Party candidate Uhuru Kenyatta had won reelection as president. Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga challenged the presidential election result in court. On September 1, the Supreme Court annulled the results for president and deputy president, citing chiefly irregularities in the transmission and verification of the poll tabulations. The court ordered a new vote for president and deputy president for October 26. Odinga withdrew from the new election on October 10 and called for his supporters to boycott the vote. Low voter turnout in many areas and episodic violence in opposition strongholds characterized the October 26 vote. The IEBC declared President Kenyatta the winner of the October 26 vote, and the Supreme Court upheld the results on November 20.

Civilian authorities at times did not maintain effective control over the security forces.

The most significant human rights issues included: unlawful and politically motivated killings; forced disappearances; torture; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; impunity; arbitrary arrest and detention; an inefficient judiciary; arbitrary infringement of citizens’ privacy rights; restrictions on press freedom and freedom of assembly; lack of accountability in many cases involving violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); and criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct.

The governmental Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) established to provide civilian oversight over the work of police, investigated numerous cases of misconduct. Impunity at all levels of government continued to be a serious problem, despite public statements by the president and deputy president and police and judicial reforms. The government took only limited and uneven steps to address cases of alleged unlawful killings by security force members, although the IPOA continued to increase its capacity and referred cases of police misconduct to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for prosecution. Impunity in cases of alleged corruption was also common. President Kenyatta continued his anticorruption campaign launched in March 2015, and the inspector general of police continued his strong public stance against corruption among police officers.

Al-Shabaab terrorists conducted deadly attacks and guerilla-style raids on isolated communities along the border with Somalia, targeting both security forces and civilians. Human rights groups alleged that security forces committed abuses while conducting counterterror operations.


FULL REPORT PDF COPY – Pages 50


BACKGROUND RESOURCE:

a. US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: state.gov

b. Freedom in the World 2018  Table of Country Aggregate Score: freedomhouse.org

c. Top anti-Semitism nations ranked 1-10 Jewish perspective: timesofisrael.com

d. ADL-Global 4,161,578,905 Total adult population of countries surveyed: global100.adl.org

e. Executive Summary Source: state.gov

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References   [ + ]

1. Open Doors World Watch List 
2. Freedom in the World 2018 Table of Country Aggregate Freedom Score

How a Persecuted Christian Brought to the Edge of Death in Kenya Can Forgive Her Persecutors

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By James Kake and Troy Augustine, Regional Manager for Africa

02/12/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) –

Gunshots rang out early in the morning of April 2, 2015, and Anatstaciah Mikwa’s mind raced as she wondered what was happening.

That was my first time to hear gunshots. It was at dawn and some students were in the prayer room while we slept,
Anastaciah told International Christian Concern’s (ICC) Kenya staffer.

Anastaciah

Militant Islamist gunmen from the Somali terror group al-Shabaab had attacked Garissa University College that morning in northeastern Kenya where Anastaciah was enrolled as a student. By the end of the tragedy, they would murder 148 people, mostly Christians, as they separated Christians and Muslims to intentionally target followers of Christ. The assault represents one of the bloodiest terror attacks in Kenya’s history.

As students returned to Garissa University College last month to restart classes for the first time, months after the attack, Anastaciah remembers the horror like it was yesterday.

“They stormed in to our cubicle and started shooting at random. I had hidden under my bed when one of them torched and saw my back,” Anastaciah said. “They sprinkled bullets over my lower part of the body and I passed out. I regained my conscious at the hospital,” she recounted.

Anastaciah survived, by the grace of God.

“We did not know whether she was alive or dead. But we were happy when we were told she was in hospital,” Anastaciah’s mother remembered.

The family agonized for hours when they heard about the terrorist attack, which started at 5:30 a.m. and continued for another twelve hours before the students were rescued.

The gunshot wounds left Anastaciah crippled. The survivors were flown to Nairobi for further treatment, and she was admitted to intensive care for three weeks. She could not speak, eat, or recognize anyone. She told ICC that she did not know if she would walk again after she regained consciousness at the hospital.

However, Annastaciah today thanks God that she is able to stand and walk on crutches. She was discharged from Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi on October 13, 2015.

She has been undergoing delicate treatment for six months, involving 28 surgeries. “I am very happy that I’ve been discharged from [the] hospital after a long journey of six months,” she told ICC. “The checkups have shown that I am recovering moderately and I thank my doctor very much,” she said.

Annastaciah sustained multiple gunshot injuries in the thighs and the legs. Her bones were shattered and it was impossible to tell how many bullets hit her. The doctors were able to remove three bullets and repair countless wounds through seemingly endless surgeries. Though she faces ongoing treatment, her future is bright. She also receives counselling and nutrition treatment. Anastaciah still remembers that fateful day filled with death and trauma. She will never forget the horror of what she saw and how God sustained her life through it.

She now eagerly looks ahead to joining Moi University to finish her studies.

She refuses to return to Garissa University College that was reopened last month, because the haunting memories and pain remain so fresh. The trauma clouds her thoughts and she fears the nightmares will disrupt her academic performance.

Still, as Anastaciah recovers physically and psychologically, she and her parents count their blessings.

“I am very happy to see my daughter walking and talking happily,” Anastacia’s father told ICC. “She will go back to class and continue with her studies, until she achieves her aims. We always thought about her, but all the time we knew she was with very caring doctors and God was watching over her,” he added.

On our recent trip to meet Annastaciah, ICC sought to encourage the family that has suffered such indelible persecution with a Christmas gift to demonstrate Christ’s love and our unity with them in the global Church. Annastaciah and her family need your prayers.

When asked what message she could tell the militants that injured her, Annastaciah responded: “I have forgiven them and I pray that they will receive Jesus Christ into their hearts and stop being terrorists.”


For interviews with Troy Augustine, Regional Manager for Africa, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org, (301)-859-3842

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World Watch List – Country Profiles

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World Watch List 2016: Released

The list showing the countries where Christians are persecuted most, has just been released. Resources will be available from 1 February.

The countries listed below make up the current World Watch List – a yearly ranking of the top 50 countries where persecution of Christians is the most intense. Click on a country to read about its current situation.

Source: World Watch List – Country Profiles

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147 Killed: Targeting Christians At University In Garissa University, Kenya

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Al-Shabaab Conducts Massive Assault Targeting Christians At University In Garissa University, Kenya 

 

At Least 147 Killed. Fighting Continues.

04/02/2015 Washington DC (International Christian Concern) – At least 147 people were murdered and 79 wounded at Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya today by the radical Islamist group, al-Shabaab. The attack started at after 5:00 a.m. local time during Muslim prayers. An unknown number of attackers separated the group according to their religion. The militants freed Muslim students and killed Christians.

 

Garissa University College student Collins Wetangula said the gunmen were hunting for Christians inside his dormitory. “If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die. We started running and bullets were whizzing past our heads and the soldiers told us to dive.” He also saida soldier told the students later that Al-Shabaab snipers were perched on a three story dormitory called the Elgon and were trying to shoot them.

 

Al-Shabaab’s spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Sky News, the group was targeting Christians. “We sorted people out and released the Muslims. There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive. Fighting still goes on inside the college.”

 

Kenyan national police said that the gunmen stormed past campus security at the main gate and began spraying bullets indiscriminately, “basically from all angles,” blogger Robert Alai Onyango  said. The gunshots started ringing “like fireworks” around 5 a.m., according to witness Milka N’dugu. Once inside buildings, gunmen reportedly ordered people to get on the floor, though some were able to escape to a nearby military building.

 

According to reports, all staff at the college of more than 800 students have been accounted for. Authorities remain unsure of how many attackers were involved, with some reports saying there were at least ten. CNN reports that four militants were killed.

 

University student Grace Kai said that authorities expected an attack was imminent. She claims that suspicious visitors were spotted in town earlier this week.

 

“Some strangers had been spotted in Garissa town and were suspected to be terrorists. Then on Monday our college principal told us that strangers had been spotted in our college. On Tuesday we were released to go home, and our college closed, but the campus remained in session, and now they have been attacked,” Kai said.

 

The university sits within 100 miles of the Somali border. Garissa’s proximity to Somalia makes it an easy target for al-Shabaab, which aims to impose Islamic Sharia law upon Kenya.

 

International Christian Concern’s Regional Manager for Africa, Troy Augustine, said, “Al-Shabaab continues to display their ruthless, but cowardly, agenda by repeatedly targeting civilians with a special focus on Christians. Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in a land marked by constant threats to their lives and the free expression of their faith in Christ.”

For interviews, contact Troy Augustine, Regional Manager for Africa: 
You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference International Christian Concern (ICC) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441.

 

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Fact Sheets: The Threat from Iran

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Iran is one of the foremost, self-proclaimed enemies of the West and one of the most serious threats to stability in the Middle East.

The Iranian government’s extreme interpretation of Islamic law, and its anti-Western philosophy, inspires the rise of Islamic extremists across the world. Iran is also one of the principal state sponsors of terror, proudly delivering weapons to Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists and providing safe haven for many international terrorists, including senior al-Qaeda leaders. Moreover, Iranian agents have acted to perpetrate anti-Western and anti-Israel terrorist attacks in more than 20 countries around the world.  Iran has been implicated in the July 2012 bombing in Bulgaria that killed 5 Israeli’s, the February 2012 attacks on Israeli representatives in Georgia and India, the failed strikes in Thailand and Azerbaijan against Jewish targets, and the foiled attempt to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. in October 2011.  Israel’s Mossad security service also noted that Iran was behind foiled plots to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in Kenya and Cyprus as well.

But above all these concerns, the most menacing threat Iran poses to international security is its harnessing of nuclear energy for the purpose of developing a nuclear bomb.

In 2005, Iran made its first advance in the production of enriched uranium and subsequently established a secret nuclear research center to train scientists in all aspects of atomic technology. In August 2013, outgoing Iranian nuclear chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani proclaimed that Iran has amassed some 18,000 functioning centrifuges, a number mostly corroborated by a May 2013 IAEA report which indicated Iran had installed roughly 16,600 centrifuges in two main facilities. The Islamic Republic continues to streamline the uranium enrichment process so that they can convert their more than 6,000 kilograms of low-enriched fissile material into high-grade, weapons-ready material. Analysts believe it could take Iran anywhere from a number of weeks to nine months – from the moment an order is given – to assemble an explosive device and reduce it to the dimensions of a missile payload.

Iran also continues to develop its arsenal of long range missiles.  It already has weapons capable of reaching Israel, parts of Eastern and Southern Europe, the Arabian peninsula, and American bases in the Middle East. In July 2012, a report released by the US government and signed by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta showed evidence that Iran is continually boosting the accuracy and lethality of its existing missile systems.  These improvements are in tandem with regular ballistic-missile training that “continues throughout the country” and the addition of “new ships and submarines,” the report found. Intelligence reports from 2013 estimate that Iran may be technically capable of flight-testing an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015.

There is little disagreement as to the intentions of the Iranians.

Already since the release of its November 2011 report, the IAEA had confirmed that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and reiterated the need to address this situation as soon as possible. At the time, Director General Yukiya Amano said, “It is my responsibility to alert the world. From the indicators I had, I draw the conclusion that it is time to call the world’s attention to this risk.”

The question has now become how to respond.

As U.S. President Barack Obama noted, the threat from a nuclear Iran affects not just “one country’s interests or two countries’ interests … [but] the entire internatioanl community,” and therefore cooperative international measures must be taken to stop Iran’s progress.

In the United States, President Obama has imposed sanctions against companies doing business with Iran, the Treasury Department has worked to freeze Iranian financial assets and new measures have been passed by Congress to halt transactions with Iran’s Central Bank. Obama’s administration has also made clear they will not accept containment of a nuclear Iran and have drawn red lines for possible military intervention. “The United States does not have a policy of contaiment when it comes to a nuclear Iran. Our policy is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” President Obama noted in March 2013. “And I will repeat: All options are on the table.”

In Europe, a new sense of urgency over halting Iran’s nuclear program has taken hold since military analysts, such as Maj. Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin of the Center for Strategic Nuclear Forces, are convinced that a fully developed nuclear program “will most likely be able to threaten the whole of Europe.” France, Germany and Great Britain are spearheading European Union efforts to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. In January 2012, these efforts scored a major success when the EU voted to embargo Iranian oil imports and to freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank. “We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region,” British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a joint statement. Following this lead, in March 2012, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) cut off all business with Iran, effectively stopping transactions with nearly 30 Iranian banks and their subsidiaries worldwide.

Across the Arab Middle East, the Iranian nuclear program is also raising grave concerns, primarily with regards to Iran’s intentions for regional dominance. In 2009, then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said, “A nuclear armed Iran with hegemonic ambitions is the greatest threat to Arab nations today.” In 2011, Saudi Arabia government officials noted, “We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons … If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us.” Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal expouned, noting that if Iran achieved nuclear weapons it would “lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences.” Those consequences are clear – nuclear proliferation across the Middle East. By mid-2013, at least twelve Arab nations, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and the UAE had begun to explore nuclear energy.

For Israel  in particular, a nuclear armed Iran is not tolerable.  Not only would Iranian nuclear weapons create an existential threat to Israel’s existence, it would also limit Israel’s ability to protect itself from Iranian terror proxies such as Hezbollahand Hamas. IDF intelligence believes that Iranian proxy Hezbollah had amassed nearly 65,000 rockets and missiles within striking distance of Israel in southern Lebanon. Former-Minister of Defense Ehud Barak noted that if Iran gained a nuclear capability, then retaliating against an attack from Hamas or Hezbollah “would be tantamount to an attack on Iran,” and would thus restrict an aggressive range of operations. Therefore, in the words on PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel is “determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons; we leave all options on the table; and containment is definitely not an option.”

Despite the election of President Hassan Rouhani – a former member of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team that temporarily suspended the program in 2003 – to succeed the vitriolic Ahmadinejad, Iran is still closing in on its “immunity zone” – the point when its accumulated know-how, raw materials, experience and equipment would ensure that any military strike would fail in derailing the nuclear program.

It is well past time to more stringently implement an international sanctions regime sufficiently punitive to convince the Iranian leadership to abandon their project. In the absence of such sanctions, or if they are shown to be ineffective, a joint military response, as undesirable as it may be, will most likely be the only other option.

Original Source: jewishvirtuallibrary.org
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Al-Shabaab Kills 64 Non-Muslims in 11 Days

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Tl-Shabaab Kills 64 Non-Muslims in 11 Days

Back-to-Back Massacres Leave Scores of Christians Dead as Islamic Militants Retaliate Against Mombasa Mosque Raids

12/03/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that 36 non-Muslims, a majority of whom were reported as having been professed Christians, were summarily executed by al-Shabaab militants in an early-morning massacre near Kenya’s border with Somalia. Laborers at a construction site on the outskirts of Mandera (where al-Shabaab militants slaughtered 28 non-Muslims-including 19 Christians-on November 22), the men were attacked while sleeping at around 1:00 this morning. According to reports, some of the victims were shot through the head on site, while others were driven to the Somali border before being executed.

Al-Shabaab (“the boys”), a radical Islamic insurgency with ties to al-Qaeda, has waged a campaign of terror against Kenya and other East African nations involved in the African Union mission (AMISOM) fighting the insurgency’s dwindling control in Somalia. In claiming responsibility for this morning’s attack, al-Shabaab has killed 64 non-Muslims in the last 11 days in retaliation for police raids of four mosques based in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa last week. According to Voice of America, the consecutive attacks forced the resignation of Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Interior, Joseph Ole Lenku, and National Police Chief, David Kimaiyo. The resignations were announced by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a televised speech on national security Tuesday.

Today’s attack follows the massacre of 28 non-Muslims,  including 19 Christians, on November 22by al-Shabaab militants in Mandera, a Kenyan town on the border of Somalia. In that attack, militants commandeered a bus, forcing all passengers from the vehicle before separating Muslims from non-Muslims by having passengers either speak in Somali or recite an Islamic creed. Those who failed were boarded back onto the bus, driven a short distance, forced to disembark and then executed on the side of the road.

Similar attacks have also been documented in Lamu County, a tourist destination on the predominantly Islamic Swahili Coast. During a recent tour of the coast, ICC staffers met with Christian survivors of multiple massacres of non-Muslims in and around Mpeketoni, including the slaughter of 13 men, the destruction of 10 houses and the burning to the ground of a local church on July 5 by armed Islamic militants. As in the above attacks, victims were asked to speak in Somali or recite from the Quran. If unable, they were either shot through the head at close range, or slowly beheaded with a panga, or East African machete.

According to Kenyan defense forces (KDF), an air strike targeting an al-Shabaab base of operations in Somalia in response to the the November 22 massacre killed 45 militants. This is but one of several recent successful military offensives against al-Shabaab in recent months by AMISOM and its member nations. Al-Shabaab has lost significant ground in Somalia, including its control of the critical port city of Barawa; but, experts warn that following the death of the group’s former emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane, in September, the insurgency has consolidated its internal leadership, shoring up once-widening divisions some speculated would result in group fractures.

Cameron Thomas, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, said, “Today, we mourn on behalf of the 36 families that lost loved ones in this morning’s massacre. The security situation in Kenya continues to deteriorate, even as critical advances are made against al-Shabaab in their base country of Somalia. Christians across the Somali and coastal regions of Kenya are at risk of suffering the next lethal attack by Islamic extremists. While recently traveling the Kenyan coast, a colleague and I met with too many Christian widows and orphans left without food, shelter and peace of mind as result of these targeted attacks that, in a night, can decimate a community. More needs to be done to ensure the security of Kenya’s Christians, and the global Church needs to be the first to step up and support those victimized at the hands of Islamic extremists and their pangas.”

For interviews, contact Cameron Thomas, Regional Manager for Africa:

RM-Africa@persecution.org

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