This is why, in the balance of all, Justice must take its central rule to execute just rule of law in balancing acts that protects peoples rights in fairness, and offer guidance to government facilitative engagement mutually. When the rule of law fails, it gives rise to the jungle rule which the business community with corrupt politicians loves........so it goes to intimidate its target further to gain power and amass more wealth and power in a greedy manner so to control its target.........rendering its subject the target to collapse in decay.........The law will in effect control the hostile environment to allow Human Rights Activist to stand up for peoples rights and continue to educate and empower people to know and demand their rights...........and that, people must act on informed choices.....because, knowledge is power.........and people have a right to access the knowledge, it is their human rights, freedom and Liberty for pursuit of happiness........
May God Bless us all to overcome human pain and sufferings and overcome the injustices of the wicked minds..........
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
More hostile environment for human rights activists
Updated Saturday, August 17th 2013 at 12:53 GMT +3
âThe environment in which human rights defenders operate is becoming more and more hostile, limiting space for negotiations. Those who stand up for human rights continue to pay a high price for their courage
This quote aptly captures the daily work of one Francis Auma, 35. Auma or âGambaâ as he is fondly referred to in the civil society arena, is a household name in activism at the Coast.
He has withstood police beatings, harassment and threats to his life to help bring to light unfair and unjust human sufferings.
Recently, he was part of the group that featured prominently during the Occupy Parliament protests in Nairobi.
In Mombasa, he has become the public face of protests against all forms of injustice including extra-judicial killings of terror suspects, land grabbing and has several criminal charges on his head.
While growing up in the densely populated Makupa estate, Auma came face-to-face with the grim reality when unknown assailants clobbered his father, Aloice Kizito Nyando Auma to death outside his house in 1989.
âThe killers have remained unknown to date. We had to grow up under the care of our hardworking mother, Alice Osea,â he says.
Today, working at the Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) as head of the Rapid Response Unit, Auma has led demonstrations against the Lamu port, police brutality, suffering of Kenyan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and rampant land grabbing cases in and around Mombasa, among many others.
Rapid Response Programme
Auma's designation is Programme officer for Muhuriâs Rapid Response Programme (RPP).
They (family) are always apprehensive. They are always in constant fear for my life,â he says.
Auma says the RPP has been on the forefront of fighting for justice at the Coast.
âThis programme has been dealing with day-to-day human rights violations that have been brought to its attention. Members of the public have trusted the organisation to be at the forefront of championing their rights,â he said.
Auma says every day, the organisation receives at least 15 different complaints of violations that need to be rapidly followed up.
âIndeed the RRP are certain that we cannot conclusively deal with all the issues that are reported as this can only be done by the State. The programme has put more emphasis on matters that are communal in nature,â Auma added.
Â He describes Muhuri board chairman Munir Mazrui and Chief Executive officer Hussein Khalid as his role models and also admires South African politician Julius Malema who was expelled from the African National Congress for advocating for a land grab policy against minority whites.