Report | February 2024

New reports highlight how the Security Playbook is eroding human rights in Kenya

View of buildings in Kenya through a car windscreen

A team of independent researchers have presented stark evidence that the use of repressive national security and counterterrorism measures by the Kenyan government has eroded critical rights in the country, undermined and endangered civic space and human rights defenders, and contributed to widespread human rights violations.

The Impact of Prevention of Violent Extremism, Counter-Terrorism, and National Security Measures in Kenya is a collaborative effort between Article 19 Eastern Africa, HAKI Africa, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET), and the Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS), with funding support from founding Civic Futures member the Fund for Global Human Rights (the Fund).

These reports are part of a growing body of activist-led research supported by the Fund as part of their contribution to Civic Futures.  By building analyses of the security playbook in local contexts, activists are able to spot common trends, share learning, and develop strategies for allies to effectively push back. At Civic Futures we seek to grow direct resources to civil society by giving funders the tools and, in this case, knowledge they need to be effective with their grantmaking.

The reports

You can also read a summary blog, as well as more information on their funding on the intersection of civic space and securitisation, on the Fund for Global Human Rights website.

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