In efforts to enable locals seek help whenever their rights are violated, a rights lobby Haki Africa is in a mission to launch more social justice centres within the Coast region.
The social justice centre will enhance protection of human rights and ensure local reports any form of gross human rights violation at their locality.
The rights lobby revealed the centres will be mandated to investigate analyse and document cases related to human rights violations as well seek redress.
Centres to enhance justice
Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the social justice centres are meant to also enable locals stand and fight for their rights fearlessly.
He said adopting the Nairobi system where social justice centres have been launched in areas where such forms of human rights violation have been reported, Shipetta noted the Coastal region needs to adopt and practice the same.
Coast most affected
“Coast region is the most affected by gross human rights abuse and locals have remained mum, this is very wrong we have to stand up for what is rightful ours, fight for justice and ensure we all live in conducive and peacefully environment,” noted Mr. Shipetta.
[Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta (far left in black t-shirt joins other rights defenders in Nairobi during a benchmarking tour of Mathare Social justice centre. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
He revealed Haki Africa already launched its first centre at Changamwe in Mombasa.
“We also launched the second one in Lamu County where human rights defiance has been the order of the day, we must contain this oppression,” he noted.
Together with the ‘Sisters for justice’ rights group, Haki Africa also launched the third one at Kisauni area in Mombasa county, however, Shipetta says more centres needs to be launched .
He said cases reported to the centres will be forwarded to relevant authorities for action so that justice prevails.
The rights defender said Coast has experienced reckless killings, forced disappearances, daily evictions of locals from their native land among other forms of human rights infringement.
“These disobediences must be investigated, analysed, documented and reported to the relevant authorities for urgent action,” he added.
The organisation recently visited Dandora and Mathare social justice centres in Nairobi to learn more and share with other human rights defenders on the Coastal progress on matters revolving around defending human rights.