European Union laud Matiang’i’s decision to stop vocal NGOs closure

File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i
File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i

The European Union and its Member States accredited to Kenya have expressed concerns at the decision taken by the Non Governmental Organisation Coordination Board, regarding the closure of Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

They welcome the announcement made by the acting Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, to reverse the NGO Coordination Board decision to shut down AfriCOG and KHRC, as well as his reassurances that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Government of Kenya are committed to ensure unrestrained space for civil society, in all its diversity.

“It is vital, particularly during this important period, that Civil Society Organisations are able to operate without harassment or hindrance in line with due process,” the statement reads.

 The European Union and its Member States accredited to Kenya are represented by the diplomatic missions of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the European Union.

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