Kenyan government suspends actions against rights groups: letter

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 16, 2017 5:21 AM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan government has ordered the immediate suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that have raised concerns over last week's election, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The letter, signed by the acting interior minister and sent to the head of the non-government organization coordination board, said the government and the organizations would hold talks on resolving issues.

Threats to shut the organizations, which played a leading role in organizing civil society to question and monitor the elections, drew condemnation from the United Nations and international rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

(Reporting by George Obulutsa and Humphrey Malalo; Writing by David Lewis)