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ACTION ALERT: Kenyan Human Rights Activist, Al-Amin Kimathi, detained in Uganda

Written by Hiresh Shah Wednesday, 22 September 2010
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Prominent Human Rights worker, Al-Amin Kimathi, and lawyer, Mbugua Mureithi, have been detained by Ugandan authorities after travelling there to work on the cases of three Kenyans rendered from Kenya to Kampala.

Arrest:
Ugandan police claim that Al-Amin, Omar Awadh and lawyer Mbugua Mureithi were arrested as part of a raid targeting members of al-Shabab in a Kampala hotel.
 
Police said they were with the unnamed suspects when arrested, but Mureithi denied such a meeting took place and said he and Al-Amin were lured there by Uganda Police.
 
Al-Amin and Mureithi were subjected to psychological abuse including death threats and, after being remanded to Luzira maximum security prison until October 8, Al-Amin’s current condition is unknown.
 
Background:
As Executive Coordinator of the Muslim Human Rights Forum set up in 2005, Al-Amin Kimathi has been doing much work exposing the illegal activities of the government and human rights abuses suffered by Muslims under the pretence of fighting terror.
 
In August 2007, Al-Amin calls for weeks of protest against arbitrary arrests, illegal deportation, torture and harassment in Kenya.
 
After Al-Amin organises a rally against the deportation of a Jamaican cleric, Abdullah al-Faisal, 3 days later on 18 January 2010 Al-Amin is charged with inciting violence.
 
Recently, Al-Amin and Mureithi have criticized the Kenyan and Uganda governments for arresting 10 Kenyan suspects in the World Cup Kampala bombings without due process. The two have compared their transfers, done without warrants or court orders, to kidnapping. The activists had travelled to Uganda to provide the suspects with legal counsel.
 
Al-Amin has been aware that the authorities are after him and was warned that he should not go to Uganda, as he himself was at risk of being unjustly detained. But as a matter of principle he continued with his plans ignoring reports by released prisoners that they had been interrogated by the FBI and Kenyan and Ugandan police about him. And now Al-Amin who dedicated his work to campaigning for the rights Muslims against Africa’s abusive governments, finds himself in need of such campaigning.
 
Take Action for Al-Amin
Al-Amin needs your help so please:
 
·         Write to the Ugandan authorities and request that:
o   Al-Amin be released a free man
o   An investigation be carried out as to what treatment Al-Amin has suffered in detention
o   Al-Amin is allowed regular access to his lawyer and humanitarian organisations
Write to: Ugandan Embassy, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DX
 
·         Write to the Kenya authorities and request that:
o   They demand Al-Amin’s release from Ugandan detention
o   They demand an investigation into why Al-Amin was not allowed access to a lawyer and into the treatment he received whilst in detention.
o   They demand Al-Amin is allowed regular access to his lawyer and humanitarian organisations
Write to: Kenyan Embassy, 45 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AS
 
Also contact the following:
·         State House Nakasero (Uganda)
o   P.O.Box 25497, Kampala
Tel: 256-41-231900
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·         President's Office Hotline (Uganda)
o   Tel: 256-41-343 311
Fax: 256-41-346 102
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·         Press Secretary to the President (Uganda)
o   P.O.Box 25497
Tel: 256-41-343 320
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·         Prime Minister (Kenya)
o   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
o   Tel: 254-20-252 229
·         Permanent Secretary (Kenya)
o   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tel: 254-20-252 229

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