Crying for justice: Victims’ perspectives on justice for the post-election violence in Kenya
15 July 2014
More than six years ago violence rocked Kenya following national elections. Between December 2007 and February 2008 1,100 people were killed, 660,000 displaced and thousands injured in beatings, machete attacks, rapes, police shootings and other acts that may amount to crimes against humanity. Despite a power-sharing agreement that ended the violence and triggered constitutional, legal, policy and institutional reforms and truth-telling initiatives, as well as investigations and prosecutions by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC), most victims of these crimes are still waiting for justice and reparation.
This report sets out the challenges victims of the post-election violence face in obtaining justice and reparation in Kenya. Based on in-depth interviews conducted between October and December 2013 with 49 victims from areas most affected by the violence it also provides a snapshot of their experiences and perspectives, including their views on the ICC’s investigations and cases. Their testimonies paint a picture of disillusionment, with many fearing they will die before they see justice for the crimes committed against them. Many are desperate for assistance to help them recover from injuries sustained and property and livelihoods lost as a result of the post-election violence. Their views demonstrate that justice, truth and reparation are now more important than ever. (…)
Amnesty International concludes that in order to end impunity for the post-election violence, the Kenyan government must fulfil its obligations to investigate and prosecute the crimes that the ICC does not address, and establish a comprehensive and effective reparation programme to address the harm suffered by the victims. It must also fulfil its obligations to cooperate fully with the ICC and the ICC must continue its efforts to deliver justice to the victims. This report makes detailed recommendations to the government and to the ICC. It also calls on the international community to support justice and reparation for the victims. (…)
Read the full report here.