9th September, 2019 For Immediate Release
ALLEGED CHILD RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY OF KENYA (CWSK)
The attention of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has been drawn to the adverse media reports and subsequent public outcry following a media expose on alleged massive violation of children’s rights housed in a facility managed by the Child Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK).
The media investigative report titled, “THE LEAD: Sad Story of Poor Kenyan minors neglected and abandoned by their Government,” was broadcasted on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019 at 9pm by the Standard Media Group’s Television Station, KTN News. The expose brought to the fore a number of human rights violations that have and continue to be perpetuated against the vulnerable children entrusted to the care and custody of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya.
According to the media expose, there is credible documentation to support the alleged violations. Further, the media report makes reference to the access of whistle blowers who were heard calling upon the various duty bearers to act and protect the vulnerable children from the untold sufferings and child rights violation.
To this end, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights takes notice of the alleged human rights and child rights violations highlighted in the media report. The Commission notes that these are gross violations to;
The Commission notes that Article 53 of the Constitution of Kenya provides a detailed entitlement of every child in Kenya and clarifies that the best interest of the child is of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child. The Commission takes cognizance that the Constitution and the provisions of the Children’s Act 2001 are aimed at ensuring that every child is safeguarded irrespective of whether they are in the hands of their parents, guardians, in public or private care-giving institutions.
In view of the above and in light of the ongoing mainstream and social media conversations on the subject, Kenya National Commission on Human rights opines that ‘Children Rights Are Human Rights’. Similarly the alleged children rights violations have elicited strong public interest since the children in question are Kenyan citizens who were supposed to be protected by the Child Welfare Society of Kenya, an entity funded by public funds. This then invites the application of the National Values and Principles as espoused in Articles 10 and 28 of the Constitution in assessing the reported alleged human rights violations and the Commission’s call for accountability on the alleged violations.
To this end, the Commission reminds the custodians of these children that;
Therefore, the alleged violations of the rights of vulnerable children at Child Welfare Society of Kenya must be investigated comprehensively and those found culpable be held to account through the justice system.
It is on the basis of the foregoing that the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights makes the following recommendations for immediate action;
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights also calls upon the affected parent(s) and any members of public with relevant information to share their statements or complaints with the Commission by visiting our Head Office located in Hurlingham, CVS Plaza, Kasuku Road off Lenana Road, or call us on 0724 256 448 / 0733 780 000 or send an SMS on 22359. A Commission staff will respond and/or get in touch immediately.
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights