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Al-Shabaab and the politics of violence in Kenya

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Al-Shabaab and the politics of violence in Kenya

The findings of two recent studies provide fresh insights into the intersection between Al Shabaab as transnational actors and the dynamics and politics of violence in Kenya. The research reports were ....

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Devolution: Security management and County Governments in Kenya

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Devolution: Security management and County Governments in Kenya

Experience has shown that County governments in Kenya are vital to finding solutions to the persistent security challenges in the country. Even in the absence of explicit constitutional provisions, county ....

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Towards Democratic Policing of Kenya's General Elections.

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Towards Democratic Policing of Kenya's General Elections.

This Policy Brief presents a set of guidelines on policing elections, drawing from the lessons of the previous elections in Kenya, especially the 2007 elections which spawned Kenya's worst election-related ....

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Latest Publications

Local Policing Accountability in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities for Action.

This study examines the infrastructure of police accountability at the community level where the scrutiny of oversight institutions, civil society organizations and the media is often low. CHRIPS, in partnership with APCOF, highlights the challenges and the opportunities for change.

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Securing the counties: options for security after devolution in Kenya

CHRIPS launches the findings of a new study on devolution in Kenya and the opportunities it presents for improved security solutions. As one of the first studies on the intersection of devolution and security management, the study examines the existing local realities, the insecurity challenges as well as security solutions and practical options for strengthening security management within the context of devolution.

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Commentary

Despite the calm terrorist threat remains

Stanley Kamau writing in the Daily Nation reflects on the persisting terrorist threat despite the apparent calm.

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Security and human rights in the new constitutional order in Kenya

The meaning of security and the conduct of security agencies have been part of the struggles for democratisation in Kenya since the formation of the Kenyan State. In his article "Security and human rights in the new constitutional order in Kenya", Mutuma Ruteere recalls that security has since independence been the justification for violations of human rights in Kenya and security organs in post-independence Kenya, as in colonial Kenya, have largely been at the service of the government of the day and in particular the small ruling elite. The article argues that the post-2010 constitutional order, with its strong focus on human rights, values and principles, provides the basis for rethinking the governing of security and reconfiguring security agencies. To fully understand how the values of rights have shaped security under the new constitutional order, an examination of the constitution in its entirety is necessary because security concerns are scattered in various chapters.

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Security Laws (Amendments) Act No. 19 of 2014

2015 Court Judgement on Security Amendment Act

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