Dialogue and Civic Spaces

The hbs contributes to democratic governance and social cohesion in the region through advancing civic and political spaces for dialogue. We partner with civil society, academia, private sector and decision makers from the region and beyond to discuss pertinent issues with regards to political, social and economic developments affecting the region. We work with youth to explore and engage in alternative forms of politics towards a more democratic future; and support civic actors to leverage new approaches to protect and advance spaces for democratic practice.

'Uwaga,' a music video, aimed to inspire Kenyans to stand up to police brutality by demonstrating the power of unity and reimagining a nation based on equality and justice. Uwaga, which stars Juliani, Flawless Konya, Mugureness, Anthem Republiq, and Abudabi Tembekali, was created in collaboration with the Missing Voices coalition, of which hbs Nairobi is a member.

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Missing Voices report Launch 2022

#DelayedJustice. Missing voices annual report 2021

New Publication

Missing Voices is a coalition of 15 Civil Society Organizations that aim to end extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in Kenya. Since its inception in August 2018, Missing Voices has documented and verified data on police killings and enforced disappearances (EDs) and held several campaigns to disseminate our research while pushing the general public to report incidents of police misconduct. These activities are done in partnership with stakeholders with the mission to get justice for victims and survivors and promote police accountability.

Missing Voices Annual Report 2020 Cover Page

The Brutal Pandemic

Annual Report

Kenya has a long history of police use of excessive force during law enforcement operations, either in informal settlements or in response to demonstrations, often resulting in unnecessary deaths.  Several deaths from police violence were reported in 2020 during the first  days of  Kenya's dawn to dusk curfew imposed on March 27,2020 to contain the spread of  COVID-19.

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