Sexual Violence as a Political Tool During Elections in Kenya: State Actions Needed Ahead of the 2022 Polls

The next general elections in Kenya are scheduled to take place on 9 August 2022. Existing political tensions raise serious concerns over a possible escalation of violence in the run-up to and during the polls. In this joint report, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) warn of the risk that, in the absence of urgent State action, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) that has characterized past election-related violence will be repeated. The Kenyan political scene is marked by recurring election-related violence, including killings, severe physical injuries, destruction of property, intimidation, harassment, and threats. A comparative analysis of the violence perpetrated during the general elections held in 2007, 2013 (to a much lesser extent) and 2017
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