Africa rights lobby praises Kenya for recognising Shona tribe

Published: 22/Dec/2021
Source: The Standard (Nairobi)

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has praised Kenya for recognising the Shona tribe at the 57th Jamhuri Day celebration on December 12.

The agency on December 21 stated that the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and country rapporteur on the human rights situation in Kenya, and the Chairperson of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa transmitted a letter of appreciation to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The agency welcomed Kenya’s decision to grant citizenship to 1,670 members of the Shona community and 1,300 stateless people of Rwandan origin.

The ACHPR urged the Kenyan government to extend the same legal status to other groups in the same situation, as a necessary condition for ending discrimination and exclusion from the benefits of equal citizenship by such groups.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021