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Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 14 July 2009


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To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received concerning the human rights situation in Kenya. [HL4790]

We have noted the recent report by Human Rights Watch on the October 2008 disarmament operation by the Kenyan military in north-eastern Kenya and the report to the Human Rights Council in June 2009 by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston on extrajudicial killings. As with previous reports alleging human rights violations, we have urged the Kenyan Government to instigate independent investigations into the allegations raised.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Kenya concerning the treatment of internally displaced persons. [HL4792]

The UK, with others in the international community, has regularly urged the Kenyan Government to ensure that all internally displaced persons are treated in accordance with international humanitarian principles.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote political stability in Kenya. [HL4793]

The UK has provided support to civil society organisations to assist communities to reconcile and engage in the peace process following the disputed 2007 elections. In the past two financial years, civil society support amounted to £1.2 million.

We have provided a further £1.4 million over the past two years to support the Annan process and the National Accord. We will continue to offer our full support to Kofi Annan and his leadership role in the reform process.

All support has been jointly managed by the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, through the Africa Conflict Prevention Programme.

We continue to urge Kenya's leaders to work together to ensure that the key reforms needed in Kenya are made in order to prevent a return to the violence and instability seen at the start of 2008.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards judicial reform in Kenya. [HL4794]

There has been little action on judicial reform in Kenya, although a reform group has been set up to look at the judicial services commission.

We continue to urge the Kenyan Government to implement all of the recommendations of the Waki Commission, including those on reform of the judiciary. This will be vital in combating the culture of impunity and restoring the trust of the Kenyan people in their country's institutions.