“Every time I come to court my children always ask me whether I have gone to pick their father,” Rebeccah said after the court found the OCS in contempt of court in July.

One prominent case that marked a turning point in the fight against enforced disappearances and extra-judicial executions was that of International Justice Mission (IJM) lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their driver Joseph Muiruri who were abducted by police officers and subsequently found executed in June 2016.

Baru, Willie, Joseph and Josephat are just a few of the 153 cases of Kenyans who have disappeared in police custody according to verified data published in the Missing Voices website. The website has also verified 438 killings by police officers, whereas 1,006 missing or killed Kenyans are yet to be verified.

Missing Voices is an effort by lobby groups under the Police Reform Working Group to track and document all extrajudicial killings and disappearances and follow cases that are in court. The website will be a one-stop database of all extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances that happen in Kenya, it will explain the circumstances under which the victim was killed and/or disappeared. Through its incident reporting page, witnesses and whistle blowers will be able to report live incidents to the website for investigation and documentation, and reporting.

Missing Voices features high-quality podcasts and videos that give victims of extrajudicial killings a voice.

During the launch, Baru’s wife Rebeccah and two other victims of enforced disappearances will share their stories followed by a panel discussion focusing on effects of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

As we mark the 2018 International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances we demand that;

The president acknowledges that enforced disappearances (EDs) and extrajudicial executions (EJEs) are a systemic problem, apologize to victims, and commit to ensuring accountability; Appoint a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into EDs and EJEs.

The Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate individual and command responsibility for EDs and EJEs and prosecute those found culpable without resorting to the death penalty.

The Attorney General will present legislation that explicitly criminalize EJE and ED in line with international human rights standards.

Website: www.missingvoices.co.ke

Signed by Police Reforms Working Group