Coast residents have been challenged to report cases of human rights violations and other forms of injustices to various Social Justice Centres (SJC) initiated across the region.
The Social Justice Centres in Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu counties were recently launched by Human rights Organisation Haki Africa.
Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said the centres are very critical in gathering and documenting information revolving around human rights issues so that the organisation can pursue for justice.
Speaking in Mombasa on Thursday, Ms Hemed said in some cases, locals have either ignored or fear visiting the centres to report injustices meted against them.
“We have conducted adequate awareness campaigns to locals on human rights issues, they should take charge in fighting such violations by reporting them to our Social Justice Centres,” said the Gender and child rights activist.
Ms Hemed said all the cases and other forms of human rights issues reported in the centres are thoroughly investigated by the organisation and legal actions taken against the perpetrators.
“Let’s not normalize human rights or gender based violence, we should report such cases to the authorities for proper actions,” she said.
She appealed to women who remain vulnerable to gender based violence to stand-up and take the lead role in fighting the social vice.
However, the Human rights defender said men too remain critical in the fight against GBV at grassroots level.
“This problem relatively depends with the community’s effort in taming it, I urge men to take the lead role in the fight against gender based violence,” said Ms Hemed.