PBI-Kenya visits with families of victims of extrajudicial killings, the Sisters for Social Justice Centre in Mombasa

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On February 23, the Peace Brigades International-Kenya Project shared a Facebook post by HAKI Africa that notes, “HAKI Africa today hosted the United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on extra judicial killings Dr Agnes Callamard in Mombasa.”

The post continues, “She was accompanied by Li Fung From the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-KENYA) and Ms Virry from Peace Brigades International – Kenya Project.”

“In the morning HAKI Africa took the three to visit families of victims of extra judicial killings in Kisauni [a constituency in Mombasa]. After that, civil society organisations met with the three guests followed by lunch with State officials. In the afternoon, HAKI Africa took the guests to visit the Sisters for Justice Social Justice Centre.”

That post concludes, “As an organization, we are honoured to host the UNSR, OHCHR and PBI in Mombasa and will continue to reach out to international partners to support promotion of human rights at the Coast and Kenya at large.”

HAKI Africa is “a national human rights organisation based in Mombasa working to improve livelihoods and enhance the progressive realisation of human rights in Kenya. Initiated in 2012, the organisation promotes partnership between state and non state actors in order to constantly improve the well being of individuals and communities and ensure respect for human rights and rule of law by all.”

Dr. Agnes Callamard was appointed as a Special Rapporteur in August 2016. She is also the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression initiative, a former Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, and she taught and conducted research on international refugee movements for the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Li Fung is the Senior Human Rights Adviser at the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya.

The Sisters for Justice Social Justice Centre is a “women led organisation working to promote and protect the rights of women and of their children.”

And the Peace Brigades International-Kenya Project is a partner organization to Missing Voices, works with the Mathare Social Justice Centre, the Ghetto Foundation and Saferworld on the Ushirikiano Mwema kwa Usalama (Good relationships for safety) projects, has provided trainings for the recently-formed Network of Mothers of Victims and Survivors of extra judicial killings, and convenes the monthly WHRD [Women Human Rights Defenders] Toolkit Organizers meetings.

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