Taita Taveta County residents have been urged to fearlessly report human rights violations cases in the county.
The residents despite going through a lot of oppressions, they have opted to remain mum.
Addressing locals during the launch of the 4th Community Social Justice Centre at Sophia in Voi, Taita Taveta County, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the organisation has documented various human rights violations in the county and was in the process of seeking justice
He said the organisation’s efforts will bear fruits when Taita Taveta county community fully stands up and join the rights defenders in fight for their rights.
Human, wildlife conflict
“The county is well known for bearing the most chronic land tussles revolving around human and wildlife, this must be addressed,” noted the human rights defender.
He said, female genital mutilation, and gender discrimination are some of the poor cultural practices that also must be thwarted.
“Together with other human rights institutions, we are going to pursue, document and ensure the aggrieved parties gets justice,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He further urged locals to courageously report all forms of violations to the human rights defenders who will be meeting the community at grassroots level so that such inhuman acts are contained and completely prevented.
Gender based violence
On her part, the organisation Deputy Executive Director who is also gender and child rights defender Salma Hemed noted noted that gender based violence, sexual violence and rape cases are on the rise in the county.
[Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid addressing voi residents during the launching of Community Social Justice Centre. Photo/Atrash Mbwana].
“These issues will only be addressed if the community strongly stands with us in saying no to any form of violence against women and children,” she charged.
Also present during the launch were representatives of National Social Justice Centres Working Group led by Professor Yash Pal Ghai, Jill Cottrell Ghai, Dr. Steve Ouma among other human rights defenders.
The center will focus more on victims of police torture with extra attention to extrajudicial killings and social issues among them land grabbing.