the Palais des Nations in Geneva on March 11 (Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai pictured)

This Renowned Kenyan Human Rights Lawyer Has Some Advice for the USA Right Now

Maina Kiai has some profound insights into how governments abrogate the rights of people to freely assemble. He is a Kenyan human rights lawyer and activist who currently serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

His career was born in opposition to an oppressive government in Kenya and in this episode he discusses the kinds of tactics and strategies he used to advance human rights under an authoritarian government. He also recounts his role in helping to mediate during the disputed 2007 Kenya elections, which turned very violent and resulted in his own life being in danger.

We kick off discussing the potential impact of a Trump presidency on human and civic rights around the world and, based on his experience, here in the United States.

If you want to learn (and find inspiration) in how activists can promote human rights in the most difficult of situations, have a listen.

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