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.

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