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Kenya: Briefing paper recommends comprehensive risk assessments to address security-related human rights challenges in extractives sector

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7 April 2015

Briefing paper on security & human rights in Kenya's extractives sector

Author: Institute for Human Rights & Business

"Briefing Paper: Security and Human Rights in Kenya's Extractives Sector"

This briefing paper, published by the Institute for Human Rights and Business as part of the Nairobi Process, looks at the security and human rights implications of oil and gas exploration in Kenya and the key issues involved.

It also sets out practical recommendations for Kenyan stakeholders to address the challenges, drawing on international lessons from Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia in promoting adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights guiding security provision in the extractives sector.

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7 April 2015

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Author: Institute for Human Rights & Business

"Security and Human Rights in Kenya's Extractives Sector"

Security and human rights challenges mustbe analysed comprehensively, based on ongoing risk assessments that should be held from the earliest stages of projects and involve meaningful stakeholder engagement, dialogue and participationRisk assessments often merely analyse hazards and security threats. This is necessary but insuf icient. Comprehensive risk assessment is needed to identify the underlying causes and immediate drivers of security and human rights risks and to determine effective responses to address them. An extractives operation could exacerbate existing problems of weak governance or social, political or ethnic con ict. Risk assessments failing to get to grips with contextual issues lead to misguided responses when security and human rights problems occur. [refers to Tullow Oil]

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