Court Declares NGOs Did No Wrong in Kenya
Nov 15, Nairobi: Freedom House welcomed the decision by Kenya’s High Court to unfreeze the assets of Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and Haki Africa and to nullify their designation as being associated with al-Shabaab.
In a statement, Freedom House said, “We welcome the High Court’s decision to lift the ban on Haki Africa and Muhuri,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House.
“We hope the Court continues to uphold the 2010 Constitution and guarantee fundamental rights to freedom of association and assembly for all Kenyans. The Kenyan government should be held accountable for making unfounded accusations about the groups and violating due process.”
In April 2015, Muhuri and Haki Africa, two human rights organizations working to counter violent extremism in Kenya, were placed on a list of organizations accused of supporting al-Shabaab. The government suspended their work and froze their bank accounts. In June, the organizations were removed from this list but their accounts remained frozen. In its ruling, the Court found that the organizations were “denied their right to fair administrative process” and that the government did not provide sufficient evidence to link the organizations to terrorist activities.
Kenya is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.
The Oslo Times