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Explaining and Mitigating Elections-Related Violence and Human Rights Violations in Kenya

Ruteere, Mutuma; Wairuri, Kamau


Mutuma Ruteere

Kamau Wairuri


Kimani Njogu

Peter Wafula Wekesa


Much of the literature on human rights and elections-related violence in Kenya focuses on the patterns and nature of the human rights violations and assessment of the relevant norms that these acts transgress. Explanations of why the violations occur have received little critical attention in these analyses.¹ This is hardly surprising as the human rights approach has traditionally privileged the ethical evaluation of conduct over their socio-scientific explanation.² Additionally, many analysts have focused on the ethnic dimensions. While this presents an important perspective to the violence, merely characterising the violence as between two ethnic communities is to provide a statement...

Publication Date Dec 29, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2022
Pages 112-123
Book Title Kenya's 2013 General Election: Stakes, Practices and Outcomes
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