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KHRC urges govt to emulate Britain

07 June 2013, 13:23 Samuel Kisika

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has called on the government to emulate the British government in exercising justice to all victims of human rights abuse.

Speaking during the Mau Mau War Veterans Association (MMWVA) compensation meeting, Atsango Chesoni, the KHRC Executive Director said that the British government has sincerely decided to compensate victims of colonial injustices and the government must also take full responsibility for its less than stellar treatment of the Mau Mau liberation heroes.

"While it is commendable that the British government has taken responsibility for the way they treated Kenyans during the emergency, we will now turn our focus and attention to the government and demand that it must take full responsibility for some minor treatment," said Chesoni.

Chesoni said that Britain's decision to compensate the veterans is a true testimony to the fact that those who commit serious human rights violations, regardless of their standing or position in society, must be held accountable for their actions.

However, Chesoni said that this genuine accountability is only possible if perpetrators of human rights violations are subjected to a free, fair and functional justice system.

She further urged the government to fully implement the recently released Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission(TJRC) report, the National Land Commission report and the robust provisions of the Constitution for justice to prevail.  

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