Getting Away With Murder? Investigating Extrajudicial Executions and Disappearances in Kenya


John Imanene (Notre Dame LL.M. class of 2010) will talk about his experience as the lead investigator for the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) of extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Kenya. His investigations lead to a report which found the Kenyan security forces complicit in the extra-judicial killings of over 500 civilians. These findings were subsequently corroborated by the findings of NYU law Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The two reports were presented to the 11th session of UN Human Rights Council where the Government of Kenya, represented by five cabinet ministers, acknowledged government complicity in the killings which started in 2000. As a result the Government undertook to reform the judiciary, the police force and the entire criminal justice system.
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