Target: President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Urge Kenyan authorities to stop abusing Kenyan refugees and deportees
In a severely flawed attempt at national security, Kenyan authorities are wreaking havoc on detainees, refugees, asylum seekers and anyone seeking protection from dire situations in Kenya and beyond. The so-called “round-up operation” gives permission to government and security forces to unlawfully raid homes, buildings, and shops, loot valuables like cell phones and money, harass and extort residents, and detain countless others, especially journalists and international aid workers, without reason or regard.
The raids and attacks were sparked by grenade and gun fire strikes by unknown assailants in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi and nearby Mombasa. Since then, Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku deployed nearly 6,000 policemen and security officials to arrest and execute any foreign national in the country unlawfully and anyone suspected, for any reason, of terrorist associations. As time progressed, though, government officials and armed forces have used the attack as an excuse to ostracize, assault and even murder the people of Kenya and the country’s countless foreign expatriates.
According to a report provided by Human Rights Watch, the round-ups have claimed the lives of many, including a six-month-old baby girl who died from neglect after her mother, a registered refugee, was apprehended by Kenyan police and denied requests to bring her baby with her to the holding cell. Local news media outlets in the capital city also brought the death of a pregnant woman, who was kicked off of a moving police truck by an officer during yet another round-up, to the attention of the Africa’s Human Rights Watch director, Daniel Bekele, who states that the “…crackdown clearly violates basic rights…and does nothing to improve security.”
Under the guise of fighting against terrorist threats and advocating national security, the Kenyan authorities and government have abused their powers for the good of obscure political agendas and to perpetuate prejudice. Sign the petition to tell Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, that this injustice must end now.
Dear President Kenyatta,
The people of Kenya and countless foreign refugees, detainees and asylum seekers are suffering greatly at the hands of your vicious policemen and security officials, who are using the guise of fighting terrorists to discriminate against innocent people and justify barbaric behavior. Children are being separated from their mothers, babies neglected and left to die because your authorities won’t allow them to stay together, businesses have been looted, prisoners extorted and unlawful deportations have ensued. How many injustices must take place before you admit that this outbreak of raids and attacks have been in vain? If the goal was to capture terrorists and seek out unlawful foreign nationals, you have failed miserably.
Those who have fled to Kenya or are fleeing within its borders deserve to have their cases treated rightfully and justly. No refugee should have to endure additional strife after escaping turmoil—they’ve endured enough. Take issue with the actions of your government authorities and put an end to the numerous breaches in human rights that have occurred on Kenyan soil. You are only driving the country to more divided and insecure ends.
[Your Name Here]
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