Many sexual violence survivors are still in urgent need of medical treatment and psycho-social support.

Human Rights Watch research confirms that, once again, there was sexual violence against women and girls during the most recent post-election violence in Kenya.

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Fred Matiang’i, put on hold the deregistration of the two groups, pending further investigations.

Then on October 5, the board also threatened to suspend the activities of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), an organization engaged in funding the judiciary including programs concerning the handling of election disputes.

Days ahead of the deadline for filing petitions against the repeat presidential election results on November 6, Kenyan authorities, again, cracked down on civil society groups critical of the vote in which Uhuru Kenyatta was once again proclaimed winner.

On November 3, the Kenya Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Board, the regulatory authority for nongovernmental groups, summoned three civil society organizations – Inuka Kenya, Katiba Institute and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) – to respond to allegations of money laundering and employing foreigners without valid work permits, among other reasons.

The head of MUHURI said his organization was targeted because of its involvement in filing elections petitions.

He believed the board’s action amounted to a “witch-hunt.” This is not the first time the board has targeted civil society organizations that were critical of the government or that challenged the credibility of results during this election season.

On August 14, days after Kenyatta was initially declared the winner of the now-annulled August 8 presidential election, the board announced it had cancelled the registration of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) – one of the oldest human rights groups in Kenya – citing alleged tax evasion and other issues.

A day later, the board wrote to the director of criminal investigations with a request to shut down the offices of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (Afri COG) and arrest its directors.

The recent crackdown is part of a wider repression of civil society in Kenya in recent years.