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Oscar Kamau King'ara and John Paul Oulu have been at the forefront of the fight against killings by police in Kenya. On March 5, they were driving to the National Human Rights Commission. According to reports, they were shot dead at point-blank range.


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Tom M (814)
Thursday April 2, 2009, 3:10 pm
Kenyan Human Rights Defenders Killed in Cold Blood

Oscar Kamau King'ara and John Paul Oulu have been at the forefront of the fight against killings by police in Kenya. They published unprecedented reports and advised the Kenyan Parliament on how to reform the police. Last month they met with the UN expert on extrajudicial executions. Their organization, the Oscar Foundation, is a pioneering free legal clinic that helps thousands of poor Kenyans secure their rights.

On March 5, they were driving to the National Human Rights Commission. According to reports, vehicles blocked their path; several men approached and shot them dead at point-blank range.

Such a crime needs a serious, effective investigation. Unfortunately the Kenyan police cannot be trusted, for a number of reasons:

* According to a statement by civil society groups, the driver of one of the vehicles was in police uniform.
* Just before the killings, Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua accused the Oscar Foundation of being a front for a criminal group known as the Mungiki sect. This is a dangerous allegation: the Oscar Foundation has documented thousands of police killings of those suspected of being Mungiki followers.
* The police commissioner has himself been implicated in the wave of killings.
* After students began protesting, police responded with live ammunition, killing one student. Three policemen have been arrested in that shooting. Further demonstrations broke out on March 10.

Please call on the Kenyan authorities to

1. Authorize an independent investigation led by foreign experts such as the FBI, Scotland Yard, or the South African Police. The FBI has reportedly been invited to assist Kenyan investigators, however the overall investigation should be conducted by independent authorities, rather than by local police who can easily restrict FBI access to physical evidence and witnesses.
2. Address any further demonstrations in accordance with United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials to minimize further casualties, and to effectively prosecute any illegal use of force.

Joycey B (750)
Thursday April 2, 2009, 5:28 pm
Action taken and noted with thanks Tom.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday April 3, 2009, 6:23 pm

Count me in . . . Thanks, Tom!

Leigh B (211)
Friday April 3, 2009, 6:28 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Tom

Mandi T (367)
Friday April 3, 2009, 6:32 pm
Signed and noted. Thx Tom :-) Sad.

Kit B (276)
Friday April 3, 2009, 7:22 pm
Signed for a great cause, people in Kenya attempted to vote for a new government but it's difficult to throw out dictators.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 12:35 am
signd and noted , thanks Tom

stephanie v (85)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 7:24 am
Action taken. TY Tom

ROBIN M (312)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 8:15 am

Irene M (4)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 11:08 am


Gillian M (218)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 11:49 am
Thanks Tom, we are not always aware of what is happening in other countries quickly enough. Signed & noted.

Misti Blue (41)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 2:38 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Tom!

Carole D (35)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 2:39 pm

Janet Solomon (231)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 6:09 pm
noted,signed, sealed & hopefully delivered~~thanks muchly, Tom.

Elm Morrison (357)
Saturday April 4, 2009, 6:54 pm
I was in an email correspondence with John Paul Oulu. This is terrible.

Kirsikka A (107)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 9:58 am
Noted - action already taken. Thank you, Tom.

"You have already participated in this advocacy campaign."


Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 10:14 am
Suzanna van der Voort already participated in this campaign on 03/12/2009.
Noted with thanks Tom

Valerie H (133)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:57 pm
Thank you Tom, signed "Thank you for choosing to make your voice heard"
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