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Kenya: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th November 2011.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kenya on (a) preventing the forcible return of those within its territories or at its borders into areas of insecurity and (b) ensuring punishment and prosecution of those of its agents who engage in human rights violations.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British Government have urged the Kenyan Government not to forcibly return Somali refugees in Kenya to Somalia. Most recently the British High Commission raised concerns about the refugees' situation in a meeting with Prime Minister Odinga on 28 October. The Department for International Development is providing £128 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis.

The UK is a leading advocate of the reform of the police and the judiciary set out in Kenya's new constitution. We have funded civil society to lobby on allegations of extra-judicial killings and assisted with the process of police reform, including offering advice on new legislation that puts human rights and new oversight mechanisms at its heart. We take allegations of human rights violations extremely seriously and raise such concerns with the Kenyan Government.

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