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Kenyan Human Rights Defender Al-Amin Kimathi Discharged by Ugandan Court

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is pleased by news of the dismissal of all criminal charges against Kenyan human rights defender Al-Amin Kimathi by the High Court of Kampala, this morning, September 12th, 2011. Mr Kimathi will return to Kenya after one year of pre-trial incarceration in Luzira prison, Kampala, on terrorism-related charges.

EHAHRDP welcomes Mr Kimathi’s release while condemning his original arrest and extensive pre-trial detention without bail. Since his arrest in September 2010, international, Kenyan and Ugandan human rights groups consistently raised concerns about the case, calling for Mr Kimathi’s immediate release if evidence against him could not be disclosed.

In March 2011 the release of Mr Kimathi was the subject of a solidarity resolution of the General Assembly of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net).

For more information see the following EHAHRD-Net press releases:

Arrest of Kenyan HRDs – 17th September 2010

Mr Mureithi Released from Police Custody – 27th September 2010

Uganda: Kenyan Human Rights Defenders Deported – 13 April 2011

Uganda: Disclose Evidence against Human Rights Defender, Others – September 9, 2011


Human Rights Defender of the month: Pamela Angwench Judith

For most of her life, Pamela Angwech’s existence has always been a defiant and simultaneous act of survival and resistance. In 1976 when she was born, the anti-Amin movement was gathering pace, and her family was one of the earliest victims of the then dictatorship’s reprisals in Northern Uganda. Her father, a passionate educationist in Kitgum district was one of the most vocal critics of the dictatorship’s human rights excesses, which made him an obvious target of the state’s marauding vigilantes.