Demand #JusticeForLiz

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Young protester at a Justice for Liz rally in Kenya.
Photo courtesy of COVAW.

While returning home from a funeral in Kenya in late June 2013, 16-year-old Liz was brutally gang raped & thrown, unconscious & battered, down a pit latrine. Three of the suspects were caught, but, astonishingly, the police recorded the attack as a mere ‘assault’ & released the assailants after having them cut the police station grass as “punishment.” Liz, who developed obstetric fistula & is now incontinent, has been unable to return to school & is receiving counseling.

Seven months after a global campaign amassed more than 1.7 million signatures demanding #JusticeForLiz, little progress has been made. Kenyan authorities initially took notice and issued public assurances that Liz’s case would proceed without further delay. However, to date, only one of the six suspects has been arrested. Further, authorities have yet to take action to address the allegations of police misconduct in the case, and Liz and her family have moved into witness protection due to threats against them.

The case is scheduled to go to trial 24 June 2014 and we need your help!

Please join Equality Now and our partners through the Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) Coalition--COVAW, FIDA-Kenya, FEMNET, Fahamu and IPAS--today in calling on Kenyan officials to ensure justice for Liz & the proper investigation & prosecution of all crimes of sexual violence. Tragically Liz's experience is commonplace in Kenya, where 1 in 5 women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1)    Take Action here.

2)    Tweet the following messages--any or all!--targeting Kenyan authorities (You can also retweet our messages from @equalitynow, or our partners: @COVAW and @FemnetProg):

H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya

  • @UKenyatta, @StateHouseKenya: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz; Ensure justice for all re: #SGBVinKE http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #SGBVjusticeKE #EndVAW #ImplementSOA

David Kimaiyo, Inspector General, Kenya Police

  • @PoliceKE: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure justice for all survivors of #SGBVinKE  http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #EndVAW #PrioritizePoliceTraining
  • @IGkimaiyo: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure justice for all survivors of #SGBVinKE  http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #EndVAW #PrioritizePoliceTraining
  • Arrest all perpetrators immediately! @PoliceKE @IGKimaiyo STILL NO #JusticeForLiz http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #ImplementSOA
  • @PoliceKE, @IGKimaiyo: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Unnecessary delays--5 suspects @ large--address police misconduct!

H.E. Ms. Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution & Planning

  • @AnneWaiguru: Help ensure #JusticeForLiz & all survivors of #SGBVinKE http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #SGBVjusticeKE #EndVAW #ImplementSOA

Hon. Prof Githu Muigai, Attorney General

  • @AGMuigai: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure #JusticeForLiz & all survivors of #SGBVinKE  http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #EndVAW #ImplementSOA

Hon Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice

  • @WMutunga: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure #JusticeForLiz & all survivors of #SGBVinKE  http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #EndVAW #ImplementSOA
  • @WMutunga: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Unneccessary delays--5 suspects still at large--address police misconduct!

Hon. Joseph Ole Lenku, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government

  • @joelenku @InteriorKE: Secure Kenya’s communities for women & girls; #JusticeForLiz #EndVAW #ImplementSOA #PrioritizePoliceTraining
  • @joelenku @InteriorKE: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure justice for all survivors of #SGBVinKE; #EndVAW http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8
  • @joelenku @InteriorKE: Police need a more victim centered approach 2 crimes under SOA #ImplementSOA #PrioritizePoliceTraining #JusticeForLiz
  • @joelenku @InteriorKE: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Unneccessary delays--5 suspects @ large--address police misconduct!

Florence Mwikali Mutua, Busia County Women’s Representative

  • @florence_mutua: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Ensure justice for all survivors of #SGBV in Busia http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8 #EndVAW #ImplementSOA
  • @florence_mutua: STILL NO #JusticeForLiz! Unneccessary delays--5 suspects @ large--address police misconduct!

Kenya's Independent Police Oversight Authority

  • @IPOA_KE: investigate & report on allegations of misconduct by police, take necessary lawful action #JusticeForLiz#SGBVjusticeKE http://tinyurl.com/od5bsj8