Kenya: Information on whether a married Muslim woman can seek protection from the authorities when she is a victim of domestic violence
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 March 1992|
|Citation / Document Symbol||KEN10545|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Kenya: Information on whether a married Muslim woman can seek protection from the authorities when she is a victim of domestic violence, 1 March 1992, KEN10545, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab9040.html [accessed 16 March 2014]|
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According to the U.S. Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1991, very little information is available on domestic violence in Kenya (1992, 186). The report on Kenya stated that "in practice, most cases of domestic violence are settled outside of the courts [and] ... the maximum legal penalty is five years" (Ibid. 186). The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1990 states that the "Kenya chapter of the International Federation of Women's Lawyers has published a free brochure in English and Swahili on women's legal rights, explaining that women may bring criminal charges against a spouse who beats them" (1991, 180).
For further information on the subject please refer to the above-mentioned reports available at the Documentation Centre in Toronto.
Additional and/or corroborating information on this subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the IRBDC in Ottawa.
U.S Department of State. 1991. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1990. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.
. 1992. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1991. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.