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Vol 49 No 17

Published 22nd August 2008


Kenya

How the fighting spread

A report shows how politicians, administrators and churchmen fostered the post-election slaughter and calls for their prosecution

The state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has produced a well researched but politically explosive report which links six government ministers to the violence that followed this year's elections, when over 1,000 people died and some 350,000 were displaced (AC Vol 49 No 16). Although the KNCHR is yet to release the full list of the 209 people it named as involved in the violence, Africa Confidential has obtained a copy which includes what the KNCHR describes as 'a list of alleged perpetrators' which it believes 'provides a basis and a good starting point for further investigations'. The KNCHR emphasises that it is 'not making any conclusions that the persons mentioned are guilty'. It insists that it has made every effort to ensure that the information about the named persons meets a threshold of credibility and that it has subjected the list to review by 'independent persons' and 'national experts'.

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