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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ARBITRARILY ARRESTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRES IN NAIROBI

 21st July 2019 

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Kenya (NCHRD-K) condemns the arbitrary arrest of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) drawn from Nairobi based Social Justice Centres – Mathare Social Justice Centre, Dandora Community Justice centre, Kayole Community Justice Centre, Kariobangi Social Justice Centre and Ghetto Foundation. 

On 18th July 2019, the organising committee notified the Officer Commanding Police station (OCS) of Huruma police station about a HRDs welfare convening, ‘A team building session cum Human Rights Defenders party’ to take place on Saturday 20th July at the New Mathare Community school. 

However, as the HRDs were on their way home, twelve HRDs were arrested. They were charged with incitement to violence at the police station and causing damages to property at the police station. 

The NCHRD-K is worried by the rising trend of criminalising HRDs work especially after the #SabaSabaMarchForOurLives on 7th July 2019. National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders will continue with its pursuit of justice of the HRDs beginning tomorrow 22nd July 2019 at Makadara Law courts. 

NCHRD-K thus: continuously calls on all security agents to ‘Stop criminalising Human Rights Defenders and ensure they enjoy a safe operating environment to aid their course for a free and just society,’ Kamau Ngugi, Executive Director NCHRD – K 

For more information or to arrange for interviews contact |Francis Ndegwa francis@hrdcoalition.org| 0721443397 | Communications Officer at NCHRD-K| www.hrdcoaltion.org)| 

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