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Kenya: fear for safety: Staff of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Staff of Kituo Cha Sheria legal aid centre

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 32/004/1995

On 15 March 1995 a fire bomb was thrown into the offices of Kituo Cha Sheria, a legal aid centre in Nairobi. This is the sixth violent attack in recent weeks on the offices, which they share with the non-governmental Kenya Human Rights Commission. AI fears that there may be further attacks, leading to loss of life. The offices of the weekly "Finance" magazine suffered a similar attack on 1 February 1995. AI is concerned that the attacks are linked and are part of a pattern of intimidation of human rights activists and journalists who have publicly criticized the government.

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UA 69/95 Fear for safety 16 March 1995
KENYA Staff of the Kenya Human Rights Commission
Staff of Kituo Cha Sheria, legal aid centre
On 15 March 1995 a fire bomb was thrown into the offices of Kituo Cha Sheira,
a legal aid centre in Nairobi. This is the sixth violent attack in recent
weeks on the offices, which are shared by the non-governmental Kenya Human
Rights Commission. Amnesty International fears that there may be further
attacks, resulting in loss of life.
At around 1pm on 15 March, two men approached the offices. One entered and
threw the fire bomb into the reception, where two clients were waiting at the
time. It exploded, destroying the reception area. At the same time, the second
attacker shot at two security guards, hitting them both in the legs, before
escaping with his accomplice in a waiting car. Eight staff members, trapped
on the third floor of the building by the fire, attempted to rip off iron bars
from windows in a bid to escape. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished, after
causing an estimated KSh400,000 worth of damage, and there were no further
injuries.
The office of the weekly magazine Finance suffered a similar attack on 1 February
1995. Amnesty International is concerned that the attacks are linked and are
part of a pattern of intimidation of human rights activists and journalists
who have publicly criticised the government.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of human rights activists and journalists
in Kenya in view of recent attacks against their premises, most recently on
15 March 1995 at the offices of Kituo Cha Sheria in Nairobi;
- calling on the government to take immediate steps to ensure their protection
from further attacks;
- calling for a full, prompt and independent investigation into all these
incidents, and to bring those responsible to justice.
APPEALS TO
President Daniel arap Moi
Office of the President
PO Box 30510
Nairobi
Kenya
Telegrams: President Moi, Kenya
Telexes: 22003 FOREIGN ROB or 22796 FOREIGN RB
Faxes: +254 2 337340
Salutation: Your Excellency
Mr Amos Wako
Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 40112
Nairobi
2
Kenya
Telegrams: Attorney General Wako, Nairobi, Kenya
Faxes: +254 2 211082
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Mr Paul Wamae
Chairman
Law Society of Kenya
PO Box 72219
Nairobi
Kenya
and to diplomatic representatives of Kenya accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 May 1995.

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