Kenya, it is time to reclaim our right!
Our human rights are significantly undermined by restrictive legislation on public order, police brutality on everyday citizens, and negative perceptions of protestors perpetuated by the mainstream media. Protestors are targeted, prosecuted, and attacked by the police just for exercising their democratic and constitutional rights. Whilst the constitution protects the right to protest, there is a lot of progress needed in our institution’s application of these rights and public perception around what these rights mean for people.
Enough is enough.
We are campaigning to bring about positive change in Kenya by demonstrating that the narratives around protests can be shifted. We are proud to be in a campaign coalition that is maximising the reach and driving a lasting change beyond the end of the campaign. The coalition organises community dialogues, concerts and webinars across the country in areas most affected by violations of protesters.
With such collaborative efforts, we are fighting to:
- Promote positive messages of protest and protesters
- Challenge negative narratives of protests and protesters, and
- Demand better public order management from law enforcement agencies
We bring together members of the community and duty bearers to create a unique opportunity to not only raise awareness about the right to protest but also to raise concerns around the deteriorating state of protests in Kenya and to make recommendations on how to protect and improve the enjoyment our right. Join us!
The #FreeToProtest coalition, made up of grassroots activists and civil society organisations, has been formed to reclaim our right in a respectful and impactful way.
We hope to:
1. Support existing networks dedicated to securing the right to protest in Kenya.
2. Promote positive stories of protests and protestors in Kenya.
3. Demand better practice from the Kenyan police in their responses to protest.
Hear what our activists have to say about protest. Watch our videos
Maxwell Magawi - Presiding Convenor, National Students' Caucus
Shikoh Kihika of Tribeless Youth - Interview
Wilfred Olal -Interview
Churchill Suba Interview
Wanjira Wanjiru - Full interview about women and youth with regard to protest
Winfred Gakii from ARTICLE!9 speaking about the legal environment in Kenya on the right to protest
ARTICLE 19's Statement at the Human Rights Council
Social Justice Centres and the right to protest
Protecting our right to protest is important!
Read the blogs
The freedom to protest, express and assemble are key issues for students and universities. Maxwell Magawi - Presiding Convenor, National Students' Caucus
We have witnessed the resurgence of art and “artivism” as an alternative to physical street marches Jeremy Ouma, Programme Assistant , ARTICLE 19
As a result of relatively tougher measures, protests against police brutality are common. Winfred Gakii, Programme Officer, ARTICLE 19
Politicians are allowed to hold public political gatherings to campaign for the 2022 general election. In contrast, citizens are arrested for protesting. Winfred Gakii, Article 19
Kenya's government must ensure that women are free to exercise their right to protest Winfred Gakii, Article 19
People say they feel if new public order measures are implemented, they would simply think twice before going out on the streets to make their voices heard. Winfred Gakii, Article 19
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It is time to reclaim our democratic human rights in Kenya.
There is great power in numbers, and there is an unprecedented opportunity to join an impactful and respectful movement that can shape the course of Kenyan history for the better. In working together, we can inspire a fairer Kenya to ensure all citizens are #FreeToProtest.
In 2019, there were 114 protests in Kenya, of which 100 people were arrested and 1 person was killed.
In 2019 85% of protests were non-violent
In the last 12 months (since 2019) the police used force unprovoked 26% of the time
Out of all the protests that took place in 2019, the national newspapers (Daily Nation, The Standard, The Star) only reported on 57% of the protests
In the Sabasaba march on July 7th 2020, over 56 protesters were arrested and detained in different police stations in Nairobi
Find out the latest activities from our campaign.
Kenya: Free To Protest Report 2018-2019
In response to the growing trend of violence against protesters in Kenya, ARTICLE 19 has released a report entitled The Right to Protest in Kenya 2019, which examines the laws, policies and practice around the right to protest.