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Global Youth

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

GLOBAL YOUTH -- (Senate - April 23, 2009)



Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, I take this opportunity to call the attention of my colleagues to the serious dangers that exist for human rights today in Kenya. I particularly express my concern about the death threats being made against Paul Muite, a distinguished human rights attorney in that country.

Mr. Muite is a native of Kenya who has been an outspoken critic of the hundreds of extrajudicial killings that have taken place in Kenya since 2006, and he has sought an investigation by the International Criminal Court of these killings.

The threats against him have escalated in recent weeks. This week, I learned that someone had thrust an AK-47 in Mr. Muite's face.

I urge the Government of Kenya to give high priority to this alarming situation, and to take all necessary steps to protect the safety of Mr. Muite and others struggling to defend the fundamental human rights of the people of Kenya. The world is watching and I hope my colleagues in the Senate will join in calling attention to this basic issue.

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