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Parliamentary questions
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15 August 2017
Question for written answer P-005200-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Closure of NGOs in Kenya
 Answer in writing 

On Monday 14 August, the Kenyan NGO Coordination Board decided to de-register the Kenyan Human Rights Commission (KHRC). The Board subsequently ordered the closure of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and called for the arrest of the organisation’s directors. The financial assets of both the KHRC and AfriCOG were also frozen.

1. Is the VP/HR aware of the decision by the NGO Coordination Board, which, as Kenya’s national regulatory authority, oversees non-governmental groups, to close down both the KHRC and AfriCOG, and how does she judge these measures in terms of proportionality and legality?

2. Is the VP/HR aware of the fact that the NGO Coordination Board has on previous occasions attempted to shut down not only the KHRC, but also other NGO’s, including Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), and how does she assess the timing of the most recent order from NGO Coordination Board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed to close the KHRC and AfriCOG only days after Kenya’s elections?

3. Will the VP/HR, either in person or through the EU ambassador to Kenya, express her concern over these recent developments at the highest level, and what effect will they have on the financial programming for Kenya under the European Development Fund?

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