In This Review
Juvenile Injustice: Police Abuse and Detention of Street Children in Kenya

Juvenile Injustice: Police Abuse and Detention of Street Children in Kenya

By Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch, 1997, 155 pp.
Failing the Internally Displaced: The UNDP Displaced Persons Program in Kenya

Failing the Internally Displaced: The UNDP Displaced Persons Program in Kenya

By Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch, 1997, 151 pp.

These latest reports on Kenya examine abuses suffered by two highly vulnerable subpopulations. Street children, whose numbers have rapidly grown to more than 40,000 in the aftermath of the government's ethnic cleansing campaigns in the Rift Valley, face outdated laws and enforcement procedures that result in criminalization and mistreatment in an array of Dickensian correctional institutions. The other group, estimated to number about 300,000, are people who survived the cleansings but were forced off their land and have faced grim problems of survival and legal redress. The second report is a commendable effort to expose the serious shortcomings of the U.N. agency brought in to resettle these Rift Valley refugees. It describes how instead of fulfilling their responsibility to protect the rights of the internally displaced, the officials of the U.N. Development Program, bowing to intimidation by the Kenya government, deliberately ignored the human rights aspect of their mandate and treated the resettlement program as a mere relief project. Both reports contain detailed recommendations for institutions and agencies in a position to effect improvements in Kenya's human rights performance.