U.N. Human Rights Chief Calls For Restraint, Dialogue After Deaths In Anti-Finance Protests

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the recent deaths resulting from the Kenyan police’s actions during protests against the Finance Bill.

In a statement on Thursday, U.N. human rights chief Volker Türk expressed his concern over the deaths of more than 20 people. He urged the Kenyan government to exercise restraint and engage in dialogue. Commissioner Türk also called for an investigation and accountability for the killings and injuries sustained by the demonstrators.

“Saddened by recent deaths and injuries in the context of protests, UN Human Rights Chief @volker_turk urges restraint to facilitate the rights to peaceful assembly & expression, and dialogue to listen to the voices of young people. Investigations & accountability essential,” he stated.

The anti-finance bill protests, which began last week, have already led to immense loss of lives and property, with about 29 people reportedly killed and over 300 injured.

Various non-governmental organizations worldwide have expressed similar concerns over the deaths and destruction caused by the controversial bill. The Kenya Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have condemned the government’s use of excessive force in handling the youthful protesters, stating that they are closely monitoring the situation.

IMF Director of Communications Julie Kozack noted that the agency was closely observing the situation in Kenya while reaffirming its commitment to assisting the country in overcoming its economic challenges.

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of all content creators and citizens arrested during the Finance Bill demonstrations. The Kenya Human Rights Commission also reported that most of the killings occurred on Tuesday night, with officers allegedly opening fire on protesters in Githurai.

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