The disputed election on December 27, 2007 sparked an outbreak of
fighting and a series of grave human rights violations. More than 1,000
people have been killed, while more than 300,000 have been displaced. Click here
to learn more about the crisis in
On February 27, people worldwide can show their outrage at the
continuing human rights abuses in Kenya in a series of international
events organized by Amnesty International, including online actions and
The people of Kenya, many of whom have endured unrelenting suffering
in the last two months, need to be protected. Amnesty International urges
Kenya's leaders to ensure the human rights of Kenyan people are
Extend a hand in support! This international day of
public and online action will demonstrate solidarity with the people of
Kenya and call on the Kenyan government to protect people from
politically-motivated and ethnic violence.
Ways to Participate:
1. Leave personal messages of hope and solidarity on the
Ordinary Kenyans are using online tools to send photos and
accounts of violence. Let them know they are being heard by posting photos
and solidarity messages on the Individuals
at Risk Blog.
We will pass on your messages to the people who need it
most in Kenya.
Many Kenyans speak English, but the other national language of Kenya
is Swahili. In the spirit of solidarity with Kenyans, please consider
including Swahili phrases in your messages:
Reach out for Kenya
Stop human rights violations
Heshimu Haki za Binadamu
dhuluma kwa haki za binadamu
2. Post Photos on Flickr
We have also set up a Flickr page for people to post photos of their
vigils and collective messages of support: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reachoutforkenya
. To upload
the photos, send an email to cold27south@...
(use the subject line to give your photo a title and the body to add a
description). Your messages will resonate with the voices of the Kenyan
people and increase the magnitude of their call for peace.
On Facebook you can show solidarity with the people of Kenya in the
- Changing your profile picture on February 27 (or before!) to show
your support for the people of Kenya; you can update your status as
- Showing support for Amnesty International's demands by sending a
letter to Kenyan leaders;
- Uploading your picture onto our Flickr page;
- Taking part in one of the public solidarity actions organized by
sections around the world.
4. Take Action OnlineClick here
to take action to protect Kenyan human rights
defenders who have received death threats, including Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.
Download and sign the petition here.
5. Read the Testimonies of Victims
Victims of the political
violence in Kenya are speaking out about the dangerous conditions they
face in their country. Audiofiles of their personal testimonies can be
Vigils and Demonstrations
Amnesty International has called for solidarity actions in cities
around the world, particularly ones where Kenya has an embassy or
consulate. In the United States, Kenya has an embassy in Washington, D.C.
and consulates in New York City and Los Angeles.
Amnesty International be holding a vigil
outside the Kenyan Embassy, which is located in Dupont Circle at 2249 R
St. NW, from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Los Angeles, CA
A vigil will be held outside the Kenyan
consulate at Park Mile Plaza, Mezzanine Floor, 4801 Wilshire Boulevard,
from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Join Amnesty members in the sister city to the
Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at a vigil on the west steps of the Capitol at
Organize an event in your community! We are looking for
Amnesty members and others to help organize and attend events around the
country. In particular, we call for solidarity events where the U.S. has
sister city relationships with Kenya, including:
- Seattle, WA, sister city to Mombasa on the Kenyan coast
- Minneapolis, MN, sister city to Eldoret in the Rift Valley, one of
the areas worst hit by violence
- Roanoke VA, sister city to Kisumu on Lake Victoria, which saw some
of the worst cases of police violence against opposition supporters
- East Orange NJ, sister city to Nakuru, badly affected
by communal attacks and reprisals
- Newburyport, MA, sister city to Bura
- Amesbury MA, sister city to Esabulu
Letters to the Editor
Writing a letter to the editor of your local and/or national
newspaper is a good way to highlight the International Day of Action for
Kenya in your community. You can write letters to publicize a
demonstration you are holding or to simply educate your town about the
crisis in Kenya.
»Download the PDF version of How to Write a Letter to the
If you want to participate and would like more information, please
, Individuals at Risk Campaigner for Africa
, Kenya Country Specialist at aecorbett@...
Kenyan Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Wangari Maathai has recently received death threats from Mungiki,
the outlawed gang that has claimed responsibility for murders including
beheadings and mutilations. Maathai and two people working for her believe
they were threatened because she has called for increased pressure on both
President Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to reach an agreement
on the political crisis in Kenya, and for her criticisms of politicians
allied to the ruling party. » More actions
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