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Some 47 percent of Kenyan women and girls aged 15-49 have suffered physical or sexual violence, a figure that rises even higher in periods of conflict and upheaval. During widespread violence that ripped through Kenya in the wake of 2007 elections, at least 900 women, girls, men, and boys suffered sexual and gender-based violence. Very […]

January 1, 2022
Press Release

Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya Appeal Elements of Recent Ruling, Seek Justice and Redress for All Survivor-Petitioners

NAIROBI — A group of survivors of 2007-2008 election-related sexual violence in Kenya and civil society organizations today filed a partial appeal at the Court of Appeal at Nairobi, asserting that a High Court decision delivered on December 10, 2020 failed to recognize the Government of Kenya’s responsibility to survivors previously denied redress for the state’s failure to […]

November 11, 2021
Sexual Violence

Justin Nyatete Nyakundi

Justin Nyatete Nyakundi is a senior investigations officer working with Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority based at the Nakuru Regional Office, where he conducts investigations into crimes committed by members of the National Police Service. He is retired from Kenya’s National Police Service, where he served for 14 years as a police officer and worked […]

August 12, 2021
Sexual Violence

Livingston M. Musumba

Livingston Musumba is a practicing information and communications consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He has served in various senior positions in both private and public sectors before starting an ICT consulting firm in September 2005.   Musumba has vast experience in implementing and developing solutions in the health care […]

August 12, 2021

Polycarp Kweyu Lutta

Polycarp Kweyu Lutta serves as a gazetted government forensic analyst at the Government Forensic Crime Laboratory in Kenya. He works with forensic investigations requiring DNA and serological analyses of samples as part of technical support to national investigative agencies, including the National Police Service and Directorate of Criminal Investigation Organization as well as human rights […]

August 12, 2021
Sexual Violence
Blog

COVID-19 Vaccine Access in Kenya Illustrates Dire Global Inequity

“It’s been a total nightmare. I’ve called eight different government and private facilities today alone trying to schedule a vaccine appointment for my parents. Each facility has a different set of rules; some even charge for the vaccine – none had available appointments.” That’s how Suzanne Kidenda, program officer for the Physicians for Human Rights […]

June 14, 2021
COVID-19
Blog

Celebrating Women in Health and Human Rights

March is Women’s History Month: 31 days to celebrate the contributions of women throughout the ages. Unfortunately, the stories of too many influential women have been lost to time. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Women’s History Month, PHR is profiling extraordinary women who have made an impact in the movement […]

March 8, 2021
Press Release

Court Delivers Justice for Several Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya

NAIROBI — In a landmark judgement, the High Court in Nairobi today ruled in favor of four survivors of post-election sexual violence in Kenya. In Constitutional Petition No. 122 of 2013, the Court found that the Government of Kenya was responsible for a “failure to conduct independent and effective investigations and prosecutions of SGBV [sexual […]

December 10, 2020
Sexual Violence
Blog

A Final Chance at Justice for Survivors of Post-election Sexual Violence in Kenya

Originally published on Citizen Digital On December 10, the High Court in Nairobi is scheduled to finally deliver a decision on Petition 122 of 2013, which seeks to secure justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. This is a dramatic development in a case that has languished in the […]

December 7, 2020
Sexual Violence
Blog

Novel Research Methods that Avoid Retraumatizing Survivors

Originally published by Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI). Also available in French and Spanish. Researchers often grapple with a major challenge when researching sexual violence or evaluating programs focused on sexual violence—how to collect information without retraumatizing survivors. Gathering accurate data from survivors of sexual violence is essential to document or develop programs for their […]

December 3, 2020
Rohingya, Sexual Violence
Blog

The Parallel Pandemic – Sexual Violence

Originally published on Devex, November 25, 2020. While infectious diseases – measles, flu, polio, tuberculosis, severe acute respiratory syndrome, malaria, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 – have swept the globe, with the lowest-income communities bearing the brunt of suffering and death, there is one other pandemic that has surpassed and outlasted them all: sexual and gender-based violence, especially domestic […]

November 30, 2020
Blog

Voices from the COVID-19 Pandemic: “Since she started working in the isolation ward, her colleagues have shunned her.”

COVID-19 is on the rise in Kenya, where there have been approximately 12,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 217 deaths. Dr. Angeline Ithondeka is the medical superintendant of Naivasha County Referral Hospital in Nakuru, Kenya, northwest of Nairobi, which is a longtime partner of Physicians for Human Rights. Though Nakuru County has had relatively […]

July 21, 2020
COVID-19
Blog

How to Ensure Election-related Sexual Violence Never Happens Again

Originally published in The Star on January 17, 2020 In the aftermath of the 2007-08 post-election violence, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (Waki Commission) documented more than 900 sexual violence cases perpetrated by security agents and civilians against women, girls, men and boys. During this tragic period, Kenya saw large-scale bloodshed, mass […]

January 17, 2020
Sexual Violence
Press Release

How to Put a Stop to Election-Related Sexual Violence in Kenya

NAIROBI– Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published today by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), and UN Women. Since the 1990s, elections in Kenya have been marred by […]

December 17, 2019
Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Mobile App “MediCapt” Wins American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Innovator Recognition

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition recognized Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) as the 2019 Science and Human Rights Innovator for its trailblazing MediCapt app. MediCapt is a mobile application that helps clinicians more effectively collect, document, and securely store forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to […]

October 23, 2019
Sexual Violence
Press Release

Kenya’s Judicial System Is Failing Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence

Survivors of the 2007-2008 post-election sexual violence that roiled Kenya have waited more than 11 years for justice, accountability, and reparations. Today in Nairobi, this excruciating wait was delayed once more. The Kenyan judiciary announced that Justice Weldon Korir will not be in court today to give directions on the finalization of Constitutional Petition No. […]

September 23, 2019
Sexual Violence

Justice for Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya

An ongoing court case aims to finally secure justice for the survivors of sexual violence. This high-profile litigation – officially known as Constitutional Petition No. 122 of 2013 – seeks to hold the Kenyan government accountable for sexual violence in the post-election period.

September 21, 2019
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Multimedia

The Courage and Resilience of Kenyan Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Network is a movement which builds survivors’ capacity for self-agency and offers them a unified voice with which to address all forms of sexual violence, to restore their dignity, and to amplify their message across Kenya.  At its 2019 gala, PHR honored the Network with the Physicians for […]

April 18, 2019
Press Release

At 2019 Gala, PHR Honors Government Whistleblowers and Advocacy Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence for Protecting and Advancing Human Rights

NEW YORK – At its annual gala on April 11, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) honored medical professionals Dr. Scott A. Allen and Dr. Pamela K. McPherson and Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Network for their bravery and commitment to advancing human rights. After being asked by the Department of Homeland Security to inspect […]

April 16, 2019
Asylum, Sexual Violence
Blog

A Tech Solution to Documenting Sexual Violence

This post originally appeared on OpenGlobalRights. It’s not uncommon to see Post-Rape Care (PRC) forms, the standardized medical intake document for sexual violence in Kenya, scattered across clinicians’ desks and counters in hospitals throughout the country. These PRC forms include the survivor’s history, a report of the incident, the results of a physical examination, and […]

January 3, 2019
Sexual Violence
Blog

Pioneering a Game-changer in the Fight Against Sexual Violence

Naivasha Hospital’s Clinical Officer Sylvester Mesa and Senior Nursing Officer Emily Kiragu are part of a team of 13 who are pioneering MediCapt in Kenya. Photo: Adriane Ohanessian for Physicians for Human Rights. PHR’s award-winning MediCapt mobile app enables doctors, clinical officers, and nurses to collect, store, and securely share forensic medical evidence in cases […]

May 16, 2018
Sexual Violence
Blog

What’s Next for Kenya?

Voters cast their ballot in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria on August 8, 2017. Fredrik Lerneryd/AFP/Getty Images A conversation with PHR’s Christine Alai Following a decision by Kenya’s supreme court to nullify August’s presidential elections, the country has plunged back into campaign mode, with new elections slated for October 17. It’s a victory for the rule […]

September 11, 2017
Blog

Lack of Accountability Fuels Police Impunity in Kenya

The terrifying news of the discovery of the dead bodies of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri at the beginning of this month sent shock waves through the Kenyan population and the global community. The three disappeared following a court hearing on allegedly trumped-up charges against Josephat Mwenda. The […]

July 22, 2016