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September 23, 2018

Unfair sack, pay disputes top list of human rights violations

Yusuf Lule the Programs Director Human rights Agenda NGO addressing journalists in Malindi on August 1 at Double heart resort ./ALPHONCE GARI
Yusuf Lule the Programs Director Human rights Agenda NGO addressing journalists in Malindi on August 1 at Double heart resort ./ALPHONCE GARI

The Human Rights Agenda yesterday released a report showing labour cases top the list of most reported complaints in Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale.

Complaints recorded by Huria in the last two years show 47.4 per cent of the cases include unfair dismissal, termination, compensation and poor working conditions.

The report is titled ‘Shadows Of Justice’. It was initiated in the three counties by Huria after it emerged people prefer to seek help from human rights organisations.

Huria programmes director Yusuf Lule released the report in Malindi. He said more than 300 complaints have been recorded.

The perpetrators of human rights violation include private companies, police officers and members of a family in case of disputes.

“We have a public complaints desk, where we record grievances from wananchi on human rights violations,” Lule said.

He added that many people do not want to seek justice in court because they find the process complex, tedious and costly.

Cases filed by people aged above 50 years totalled 20.4 per cent.

The Huria report revealed 23 per cent of the cases comprised criminal justice disputes, including arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

Further, the report said 15.2 per cent of the cases involved land injustices, while 10.3 per cent were family disputes.

The Huria programmes director said environment and natural resources was the lowest with 1.6 per cent.

“Even though they are fewer, they are more complex and affect a wider population,” Lule said.

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