Each year, on 24 March, the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is observed. It is a commemoration of the victims of human rights violations, acknowledging a fundamental human right to truth and supporting those human rights activists and defenders who commit their lives to fighting for truth and justice. Kituo Cha Sheria led by the Executive Director, Ms. Gertrude Angote joined survivors, the public and Kituo’ partners in commemoration of the day-officially marked 24 March- at the KICC in Nairobi. The Executive Director on behalf of Kituo fraternity shared the experiences Kituo has had especially working with sexual and gender based violence victims. She emphasized the speedy need for transformative reparations for the victims taking the forms of psychological support, education support and rehabilitation. The call for reparations comes barely four years before the efforts towards administration and disbursement of the restorative justice funds to victims and survivors as stated by the President in 2015 during his State of the Nation address that has not been realized. As such, the state of victims and survivors remain the same or even worse, especially those that suffered serious bodily harm in the hands of the police during the 2007/2008 and 2017 post-election violence. Kituo takes cognizance that the spirit and letter of Article 28 of the Kenyan Constitution, on the right to human dignity, is relevant and an integral call of duty for every duty bearer. Therefore, Truth is universal and fundamental to all and so are the other human rights. The celebration was also attended by representatives from civil society organizations; the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Human Rights Watch, KTJN, PAWA254, UN-OHCHR, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), National Victims and Survivors Network, and Government officials from the office of the Attorney General all committing to promote the right to truth and calling for the end to alarming trends of human rights violations especially during the electioneering period.
We Care for Justice.