Target: President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Punish Kenyan police and politicians for torture and murder of civilians.
The Kenyan police have been implicated in numerous serious crimes including rape, torture, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests. For years, the people of Kenya have lived in fear of the brutality of their country’s own police force. The police mainly target people who are weak and who are the most vulnerable. They arbitrarily detained nearly a thousand innocent people, claiming that they were all terrorists. It was all done as an excuse to demand money in exchange for their freedom. There are at least 50 documented cases of abuse and torture done to the victims who were imprisoned.
The violence began when the police killed over 30 civilians near a church on New Years Day. The incident quickly escalated when they shot hundreds of demonstrators and protestors, resulting in even more violence. The police have also tortured and abused many Somali refugees and the communities near the heart of Nairobi.
The victims of these crimes have waited years for these corrupt policemen to be punished, and conditions are worsening in the country. At the end of 2013, Kenya’s parliament considered passing a number of laws that will restrict independent media. Human rights activists believe politicians are attempting to keep the violence out of international headlines. These laws consequently restrict the citizens of Kenya to speak freely through any kind of media and it will also increase the police power, which could prove damaging to this cause. With the police and authorities being granted more powers to control the population, it is crucial that those responsible for hurting civilians are prosecuted. Sign this petition and urge the president of Kenya to protect his people.
Dear President Uhuru Kenyatta,
It has come to my attention that your people are being attacked by the police force of Kenya. As the President of Kenya, I ask that you take steps to ensure that the police involved are prosecuted for their crimes and brought to justice. The violence stemming from the police – who are meant to protect the people – have made citizens weary and distrustful of their government. The policemen responsible for these extrajudicial crimes and arbitrary attacks need to be held accountable for all of their actions.
The people of Kenya should not have to live in fear under the violent tendencies of the police force. The very people who are meant to keep law and order are the very ones who cause them fear and pain. The politicians should be working towards helping the people, but instead are considering passing laws to restrict independent media.
This violence should not be allowed to continue anymore. The victims of these crimes deserve compensation for all the abuse they have been forced to live through at the hands of the policemen.
[Your Name Here]
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