Nonviolence Advocacy Against Police Brutality

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In December 2019, CEEC with support from A.J Muste Memorial Institute trained 24 youth from four Informal Settlements within Nairobi namely Mathare, Dandora, Kibra and Korogocho on active nonviolence advocacy against police brutality. The training was informed by reports reaching CEEC of mutual hostilities between the police and the youth, and the impunity with which the police mete out excesses such as arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture and extra judicial killings against youth in informal settlements. The objective of the training was to equip the youth with skills necessary to conduct nonviolent advocacy against these police excesses. Following the training, the youth presented petitions to their respective Police Stations in February 2020 outlining the police excesses rampant in their respective neighbourhoods as well as the actions they would like the police to take or desist from. The trainees also carried out various activities within the police station, aimed at mending the broken relationship between the youth and the police. These included clean ups, painting and planting trees. Feedback received at the end of the project pointed at an improved relationship between the police and the youth, reduction of mutual suspicion and hostility as well as a willingness by both sides to work together to address issues of common interest, especially maintenance of law and order devoid of human rights violation.